B.S. Chemical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2007​M.S.E. Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010​Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012​

"My research focuses on macromolecular engineering of advanced membrane materials for separations, clean energy, water purification."

Geoffrey M. Geise, Assistant Professor

Geoffrey M. Geise is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Virginia. After earning a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 2007, he proceeded to earn M.S.E. (2010) and Ph.D. (2012) degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin where he developed experimental techniques for measuring individual ion sorption in polymers and established a fundamental selectivity/permeability tradeoff relationship in desalination membrane materials. At the University of Virginia, his research focuses on studying the fundamentals of chemically- and electrochemically-driven small molecule transport through polymeric materials in order to engineer membranes that will address global water shortages and need for clean energy.


  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2018
  • Robert A. Moore, Jr. Award in Chemical Engineering 2018
  • UVA SEAS Research Innovation Award 2017
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award 2016
  • Engineering Conferences International New Professor Travel Award 2016
  • North American Membrane Society (NAMS) Young Membrane Scientist Award 2015
  • Excellence in Diversity Fellowship (University of Virginia) 2014

Research Interests

  • Polymers
  • Water Resources
  • Battery/Fuel Cell Technologies/Energy Harvesting
  • Materials Characterization
  • Soft Materials

In the News

Selected Publications

  • "Increasing salt size selectivity in low water content polymers via polymer backbone dynamics" Journal of Membrane Science, 552 (2018) 43-50. ABS K. Chang, T. Xue, G.M. Geise
  • "Water and salt transport properties of triptycene-containing sulfonated polysulfone materials for desalination membrane applications" ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 10 (2018) 4102–4112. ABS H. Luo, J. Aboki, Y. Ji, R. Guo, G.M. Geise
  • "The role of experimental factors in membrane permselectivity measurements" Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 56 (2017) 7559-7566. ABS Y. Ji, G.M. Geise
  • "Modeling the water permeability and water/salt selectivity tradeoff in polymer membranes" Journal of Membrane Science, 520 (2016) 790-800. ABS H. Zhang, G.M. Geise
  • "Fundamental water and salt transport properties of polymeric materials" Progress in Polymer Science, 39 (2014) 1-42. ABS G.M. Geise, B.D. Freeman, D.R. Paul
  • "Sodium chloride sorption in sulfonated polymers for membrane applications" Journal of Membrane Science, 423-424 (2012) 195-208. ABS G.M. Geise, L.P. Falcon, B.D. Freeman, D.R. Paul
  • "Water permeability and water/salt selectivity tradeoff in polymers for desalination" Journal of Membrane Science, 369 (2011) 130-138. ABS G.M. Geise, H.B. Park, A.C. Sagle, B.D. Freeman, J.E. McGrath
  • "Water purification by membranes: The role of polymer science" Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 48 (2010) 1685-1718. ABS G.M. Geise, H.–S. Lee, D.J. Miller, B.D. Freeman, J.E. McGrath, D.R. Paul