Sohail Murad

  • Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering


B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Engineering, Lahore, Pakistan
M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainsville
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University

Research Interests

Dr. Murad’s research interests are in the broad areas of classical and statistical thermodynamics. The recent focus of his research has been on using computational molecular modeling to investigate the transport of water, gases and ions in membranes. The research has important applications in water desalination technology, advanced batteries, gas separations and drug delivery.


Zeolite Thin Films as Efficient and Robust Ion Exchange Membranes in Redox Flow Batteries for Renewable Energy Storage
A Proof of Concept Study to Demonstrate Tunable Thermal Rectification in Liquids
Molecular Modeling of Ion Transport and Separation in Nanochannels
Solubility of Gases in Heavy Oils and Alcohols
Separation of Chiral Compounds


Coleman Foundation Fellow 2009
Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Guest Professor, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing, China


Chapters in Books

I. K. Puri and S. Murad, “Multiscale Methodology to Approach Nanoscale Thermal Transport”, in, Trends in Computational Nanomechanics: Transcending Time and Space, Chapter 5, p. 135-150, T. Dumitrica (Ed.), Springer, Heidelberg, (2010)

S. Murad and J. G. Powles, “Fluids in Contact with Semi-Permeable Membranes”, Computational Methods in Colloid and Interface Science, M. Borowko (Ed.), Ch. 16, Marcel-Dekker, New York, p. 775-798 (2000)


X.Wang, X. Gu, S. Murad, “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Liquid-Liquid Phase Equilibrium of Ternary Methanol/Water/Hydrocarbon Mixtures”, Fluid Phase Equilibria, 470, 109-118(2018)

K. R. Hinkle, X. Wang, X. Gu , C. J. Jameson and S. Murad, "Computational Molecular Modeling of Transport Processes in Nanoporous Membranes" Processes, 6, 124 (2018)

T. Majdi, S. Pal, A. Hafreager, S. Murad, R. P. Sahu, and I. K. Puri1,” Altering Thermal Transport by Strained-Layer Epitaxy”, Applied Physics Letters, 112, 194101 (2018)


F. Borges, G. Papavasiliou, S. Murad, and F. Teymour, “Effect of Phosphate Salt Concentration and Solution pH on the Aqueous-phase Homo and Co-polymerization of N-vinyl pyrolidone”, Macromolecular Reaction Engineering, 1800012 (2018)

B. Zhao, P. Oroskar, X.Wang, D.House, A. Oroskar, A. Oroskar, C. Jameson, and S. Murad, ” The Composition of the Mobile Phase Affects the Dynamic Chiral Recognition of Drug Molecules by the Chiral Stationary Phase”, Langmuir, 33, 11246-11256 (2017)

S. Murad and I. K. Puri,” Understanding the Liquid-Liquid (Water-Hexane) Interface”, Chemical Physics Letters, 685, 422–426 (2017)

F. Qu, R. Shi, L. Peng, Y. Zhang, X. Gu, X. Wang, S. Murad, “Understanding the Effect of Zeolite Crystal Expansion/Contraction on Separation Performance of NaA Zeolite Membrane: A Combined Experimental and Molecular Simulation Study”, Journal of Membrane Science, 539, 14–23 (2017)

P. Oroskar, C.J. Jameson, and S. Murad,” Molecular Dynamics Simulations Reveal How Characteristics of Surface and Permeant Affect Permeation Events at the Surface Of Soft Matter" Molecular Simulation, 43,439-466 (2017)

P. Oroskar, C.J. Jameson, and S. Murad,” Rotational behavior of PEGylated Gold Nanorods in a Lipid Bilayer System”, Molecular Physics, 115, 1122-1143 (2017)

Z. Xu, I. Michos, Z. Cao, W. Jing, X. Gu, K. Hinkle, S. Murad, J. Dong, "Proton-Selective Ion Transport in ZSM-5 Zeolite Membrane" Journal of Physical Chemistry C,120, 26386–26392 (2016)

T. Wei, Z. Zhang, H. Lin, H. Ma, M. S. J. Sajib, H. Jiang, S. Murad, , "Aromatic Polyamide Reverse Osmosis Membrane: An Atomistic Molecular Dynamic Simulation", Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 120, 10311–10318 (2016)

P. Oroskar, C.J. Jameson, and S. Murad, “Simulated permeation and characterization of PEGylated gold nanoparticles in a lipid bilayer system", Langmuir, 32, 7541−7555 (2016)

K. R. Hinkle, C. J. Jameson and S. Murad, "Using Molecular Simulations to Develop Reliable Design Tools and Correlations for Engineering Applications of Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions", Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 61 1578–1584 (2016) –cover article

S. Murad and I. K. Puri, “Achieving Thermal Rectification in Designed Liquid-Liquid Systems”, Applied Physics Letters, 108, 134101 (2016)

S. Murad and I. K. Puri, “Understanding Unusual Thermal Transport Behavior in Soft Material Under Mechanical Strain - A Molecular Dynamics Study” Chemical Physics Letters, 626, 102–105 (2015)

J. Dong, Z. Xu, S. Yang, S. Murad and K. R. Hinkle,” Zeolite Membranes for Ion Separations from Aqueous Solutions”, Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 8,15-20 (2015)

P. Oroskar, C. J. Jameson and S. Murad, “Surface-functionalized Nanoparticle Permeation Triggers Lipid Displacement and Water and Ion Leakage", Langmuir, 31,1074-1085 (2015)

H. Hsu, O. Adigun, L. S Taylor, S. Murad, M. T Harris, “Crystallization of Acetaminophen on Chitosan Films Blended With Different Acids”, Chemical Engineering Science, 126, 1-9 (2015)

K. R. Hinkle, P. M. Mathias and S. Murad, “Evaluation and Extrapolation of the Solubility of H2 and CO in n-Alkanes and n-Alcohols Using Molecular Simulation”, Fluid Phase Equilibria, 384, 43–49 (2014)

K. R. Hinkle, C. J. Jameson and S. Murad, “Transport of Vanadium and Oxovanadium Ions Across Zeolite Membranes: A Molecular Dynamics Study”, Journal of Physical Chemistry, C, 118, 23803−23810 (2014)

S. Murad and I. K. Puri, ”Dynamic Rectification in a Thermal Diode Based on Fluid-Solid Interfaces: Contrasting Behavior of Soft Materials and Fluids”, Applied Physics Letters, 104, 211601 (2014)

S. Murad and I. K. Puri, “A Tractable Design for a Thermal Transistor”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 139, 151102 (2013)

S. Murad and I. K. Puri,” A Thermal Logic Device Based on Fluid-Solid Interfaces”, Applied Physics Letters, 102, 193109 (2013).

B. Song, H.Yuan, S. Pham, C. J. Jameson, and S. Murad, “Nanoparticle Permeation Induces Water Penetration, Ion Transport and Lipid Flip-flop”, Langmuir, 28, 16989-17000 (2012).

S. Murad and I. K. Puri, “Thermal Rectification in Liquids by Manipulating the Solid-Liquid Interface”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 137, 081101 (2012).

S. Murad and I. K. Puri, “Thermal Rectification In A Fluid Reservoir”, Applied Physics Letters, 100, 121901 (2012)

S. Murad and I. K. Puri, “"Molecular Simulations of Thermal Transport Across Interfaces: Solid-vapor and Solid-Solid" Molecular Simulation, 38,642-652 (2012)

B. Song, H. Yuan, C. J. Jameson and S. Murad, “Role of Surface Ligands in Nanoparticle Permeation through a Model Membrane: A Coarse-grained Molecular Dynamics Simulations Study”, Molecular Physics, 110, 2181-2195 (2012)

S. Murad, “Note: The Role of External Electric Fields in Enhancing Ion Mobility, Drift Velocity and Drift-Diffusion Rates in Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions [JCP, 134, 114504 (2011)]”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 136, 076101 (2012)

J. K. Floess and S.Murad, “Molecular Simulations of the Competitive Adsorption of Siloxanes and Water on Amorphous Silica Surfaces as a function of Temperature”, Chemical Physics Letters, 516, 216–219 (2011)

B. Song, H. Yuan, C. J. Jameson and S. Murad, “Permeation of Nanocrystals Across Lipid Membranes”, Molecular Physics, 109, 1511-1526 (2011)

G. Balasubramanian, S. Murad, R. Kappiyoor and I. K. Puri, “Structure of Aqueous MgSO4 Solution: Dilute to Concentrated”, Chemical Physics Letters, 508, 38-42 (2011)

S. Murad, “The Role of External Electric Fields in Enhancing Ion Mobility, Drift Velocity and Drift-Diffusion Rates in Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 134, 114504 (2011)

N. Sedighi, S. Murad , and S. K. Aggarwal, “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Spontaneous Spreading of a Nanodroplet on Solid Surfaces”, Fluid Dynamics Research, 43, 015507 (2011)

Sohail Murad

Contact Information

312.567.3867 312.567.8874 Perlstein Hall, Room 123