Areas of expertise
- Water Science and Engineering
Dr. Navya Thomas earned her first degree in Biotechnology Engineering from University of Calicut, India and her MSc in Water and Wastewater Engineering from Cranfield University. Following her MSc, she worked as a research associate at SevernTrent Water (UK), evaluating different anaerobic digestion sites to identify the best practices for secondary sludge treatment. She then worked as a process engineer at AECOM (UAE) tasked with designing water and wastewater treatment plants. Navya obtained a PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Khalifa University (UAE) in 2018. Navya’s doctoral thesis focused on process enhancement and fouling mitigation via 3D-printed spacer designs for third-generation desalination processes such as membrane distillation. During her PhD, Navya spend six months at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) investigating the impact of 3D-printed spacer designs on the performance of air gap membrane distillation. She furthered her research on 3D printed spacer designs for membrane processes as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Khalifa University. In January 2021, Navya joined Cranfield University as a Research Fellow in Membrane Crystallisation.
Navya’s research interests are in process design enhancements of membrane based technologies for applications such as water treatment, desalination and brine management. Her current research focuses on membrane assisted crystallisation and resource recovery.
Articles In Journals
- Thomas N, Swaminathan J, Zaragoza G, Abu Al-Rub RK, Lienhard VJH & Arafat HA (2021) Comparative assessment of the effects of 3D printed feed spacers on process performance in MD systems, Desalination, 503 (May) Article No. 114940.
- Thomas N, Kumar M, Palmisano G, Al-Rub RKA, Alnuaimi RY, Alhseinat E, Rowshan R & Arafat HA (2021) Antiscaling 3D printed feed spacers via facile nanoparticle coating for membrane distillation, Water Research, 189 (February) Article No. 116649.
- Sreedhar N, Thomas N, Al-Ketan O, Rowshan R, Abu Al-Rub RK, Hong S & Arafat HA (2020) Impacts of feed spacer design on UF membrane cleaning efficiency, Journal of Membrane Science, 616 (December) Article No. 118571.
- Naidu G, Castillo E, Thomas N, Al-Ketan O, Rowshan R, Abu Al-Rub R, Nghiem L, Vigneswaran S & Arafat H (2019) 3D printed spacers for organic fouling mitigation in membrane distillation, Journal of Membrane Science, 581 (July) 331-343.
- Thomas N, Sreedhar N, Al-Ketan O, Rowshan R, Abu Al-Rub R & Arafat H (2019) 3D printed spacers based on TPMS architectures for scaling control in membrane distillation, Journal of Membrane Science, 581 (July) 38-49.
- Sreedhar N, Thomas N, Al-Ketan O, Rowshan R, Hernandez HH, Abu Al-Rub RK & Arafat HA (2018) Mass transfer analysis of ultrafiltration using spacers based on triply periodic minimal surfaces: Effects of spacer design, directionality and voidage, Journal of Membrane Science, 561 (September) 89-98.
- Thomas N, Sreedhar N, Al-Ketan O, Rowshan R, Abu Al-Rub RK & Arafat H (2018) 3D printed triply periodic minimal surfaces as spacers for enhanced heat and mass transfer in membrane distillation, Desalination, 443 (October) 256-271.
- Sreedhar N, Thomas N, Al-Ketan O, Rowshan R, Hernandez H, Abu Al-Rub RK & Arafat HA (2018) 3D printed feed spacers based on triply periodic minimal surfaces for flux enhancement and biofouling mitigation in RO and UF, Desalination, 425 (January) 12-21.
- Thomas N, Mavukkandy M, Loutatidou S & Arafat H (2017) Membrane distillation research & implementation: Lessons from the past five decades, Separation and Purification Technology, 189 (December) 108-127.