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

Sohail 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


Google Scholar Citations


Chapters in Books

S. Murad, “Teaching Thermodynamics with Humor and What Thermodynamics Teaches us About Life”, Teach Engineering With a Sense of Humor: Why (and How to) Be a Funnier and More Effective Engineering Educator and Laugh All the Way to Your Classroom, The Curious Academic Publishing (2022)

P. A. Oroskar, C. J. Jameson, and S. Murad, “Molecular-Level Observations of the Behavior of Gold Nanoparticles in Aqueous Solution and Interacting with a Lipid Bilayer Membrane”, p. 303, Ch. 21, in, “Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology: Basic Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology”, V. Weissig and T. Elbayoumi (eds.), Springer Nature (2019)

C. J. Jameson, P. Oroskar, B. Song, H. Yuan, and S. Murad, “Molecular Dynamics Studies of Nanoparticle Transport Through Model Lipid Membranes”, p. 109, in, “Biomimetic Lipid Membranes: Fundamentals, Applications, and Commercialization”, F. N. Kok, A. A. Yildiz, F. Inci (eds.), Springer Nature (2019)

S. Murad, "Chemical Engineering for the Curious: Why Study Chemical Engineering?" The Curious Academic Publishing; 1st  edition (2015)

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)


B. J. Bashmmakh, X. Wang, C. J. Jameson, and S. Murad, "Understanding Separation Mechanisms of Monoatomic Gases, such as Kr and Xe, via DD3R Zeolite Membrane Using Molecular Dynamics”, Thermo, in press (2022)

X. Wang., C. J. Jameson, and S. Murad, “Molecular dynamics simulations of chiral recognition of drugs by amylose polymers coated on amorphous silica”, Molecular Physics, 119 : e1922772 (2021)

C. J. Jameson, X. Wang, S. Murad, “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Enantiomeric Separations as an Interfacial Process in HPLC”, AIChE Journal, 67:e17143 (2021)

A. Nikolov, S. Murad, D. Wasan, P. Wu, “How the Capillarity and ink-air Flow Govern the Performance of a Fountain Pen”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 578, 660-667 (2020)

M. Sajib, J. Symon, Y. Wei, A. Mishra, L. Zhang, K. Nomura, R. Kalia, P. Vashishta, A. Nakano, S. Murad, T. Wei,” "Atomistic Simulations of Biofouling and Molecular Transfer of Crosslinked Aromatic Polyamide Membrane for Desalination", Langmuir, 36, 7658–7668 (2020)

F. X. X. Zhu and S. Murad, “Improve Process Development with Molecular Analysis, Chemical Engineering Progress, (8) 29-35 (2020)

X. Wang, C. J. Jameson, and S. Murad, “Modeling Enantiomeric Separations as an Interfacial Process Using Amylose Tris(3,5-dimethylphenyl carbamate) (ADMPC) Polymers Coated on Amorphous Silica”, Langmuir, 36, 1113-1124 (2020)

X. Wang, C. J. Jameson, and S. Murad, “Review: Interfacial Thermal Conductivity and Its Anisotropy”, Processes, 8, 27 (2020)

X. Wang, D. Venerus, I. K. Puri and S. Murad, “On Using the Anisotropy in the Thermal Resistance of Solid-Fluid Interfaces to More Effectively Cool Nano-electronics”, Molecular Simulation, 46, 162-167 (2020)

X. Wang, Y. Zhang, X. Wang, E. Andres-Garcia, P. Du, L. Giordano, L. Wang, Z. Hong, X. Gu, S. Murad, and F. Kapteijn, “Xe Recovery by DD3R Zeolite Membranes - Application in Anesthetics”, Angewandte Chemie, 131, 15664 – 15671 (2019)

X. Wang, D. W. House, P. A. Oroskar, A. Oroskar, A. Oroskar, C. J. Jameson, and S. Murad, “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of the Chiral Recognition Mechanism for a Polysaccharide Chiral Stationary Phase in Enantiomeric Chromatographic Separations”, Molecular Physics, 117, 3569-3588  (2019)

C. Chen, Y. Cheng, L. Peng, C. Zhang, Z. Wu, X. Gu, X. Wang, S. Murad, “Fabrication and Stability Exploration of Hollow Fiber Mordenite Zeolite Membranes for Isopropanol/Water Mixture Separation”, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 274, 347–355 (2019)

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)

Dr. Sohail Murad

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