Dr. Sadrzadeh researches the fundamental and applied aspects of membrane materials and process development. The contributions made by Dr. Sadrzadeh during his academic career thus far have led to the development and application of novel composite and nanocomposite membranes for water and gas treatment. He is currently directing Advanced Water Research Lab (AWRL) at the University of Alberta that is equipped with the membrane and nanoparticle synthesis and characterization equipment, as well as, membrane filtration systems. In this unique membrane-specialized facility in western Canada, 15 graduate students and 5 postdoctoral fellows are working under his supervision on cutting-edge membrane technologies. He is collaborating with eleven oil and gas companies through Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), IBM, National Research Council (NRC, Canada), Natural Resource Canada (NRCan, Canada) on the synthesis of high-performance membranes. The most significant contribution of AWRL to oil sands industry was to provide a proof-of-concept regarding the feasibility of membrane processes for oil sands produced water treatment. His research work will be continued on the synthesis of high-performance polymeric membranes that can resist high temperature of oil sands produced water and are not easily fouled by its high dissolved solid and organic matter content.