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Ruilan Guo

Ruilan Guo


Phone: 574-631-3453

Office: 205E McCourtney Hall


Ph.D, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008

M.E., Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 2001

B.E., Beijing University of Chemical Technology, 1998


Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame (2018 - present)

Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame (2012 - 2018)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Virginia Tech (2008 - 2011)


Selected Publications


Luo, S.; Zhang, Q.; Zhu, L.; Kazanowska, B.; Doherty, C. M.; Hill, A. J.; Gao, P.; Lin, H.; Guo, R., Highly Selective Thermally Rearranged Polymer Membranes for Hydrogen Purification and CO2 Capture, Chemistry of Materials, 2018, 30(15), 5322-5332. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b02102)

Luo, S.; Zhang, Q.; Zhang, Y.; Weaver, K.; Phillip, W.A; Guo, R., Facile Synthesis of a Pentiptycene-based Highly Microporous Organic Polymer for Gas Storage and Water Treatment, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2018, 10 (17), 15174–15182. (DOI: 10.1021/acsami.8b02566)

Aboki, J.; Jing, B.; Luo, S.; Zhu, Y-X.; Zhu, L.; Guo, R., Highly Proton Conducting Polyelectrolyte Membranes with Unusual Water Swelling Behavior Based on Triptycene-containing Poly(arylene ether sulfone) Multiblock Copolymers, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2018, 10(1), 1173–1186. (DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b13542)

Zhang, Q.; Luo, S.; Weidman, J. R.; Guo, R., Preparation and Gas Separation Performance of Mixed-Matrix Membranes Based on Triptycene-containing Polyimide and Zeolite Imidazole Framework (ZIF-90), Polymer, 2017, 131, 209-216. (

Kline, K. G.; Zhang, Q.; Weidman, J. R.; Guo, R., PEO-rich Semi-Interpenetrating Polymer Networks (s-IPNs) for CO2 Separation, Journal of Membrane Science, 2017, 544, 143-150. (

Kline, K. G.; Weidman, J. R.; Zhang, Q.; Guo, R., Studies of the Synergistic Effects of Crosslink Density and Crosslink Inhomogeneity on Crosslinked PEO Membranes for CO2-selective Separations, Journal of Membrane Science, 2017, 544, 25-34. (

(Invited) Weidman, J. R.; Luo, S.; Breier, J. M.; Buckley, P.; Gao, P.; Guo, R., Triptycene-Based Copolyimides with Tailored Backbone Rigidity for Enhanced Gas Transport (Special Issue of “Porous Polymers”),  Polymer, 2017, 126C, 314-323. (

Kushwaha, A.; Dose, M. E.; Luo, S.; Freeman, B. D., Guo, R., Polybenzoxazole-based Gas Separation Membranes Prepared from the blends of API and PHA, Separation and Purification Technology, 2017, 184, 384–393. (

 (Invited) Weidman, J. R.; Guo, R., The Use of Iptycenes in Rational Macromolecular Design for Gas Separation Membrane Applications (Special Issue of “2017 Inaugural Class of Influential Researchers”), Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2017, 56(15), 4220–4236. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b00540)

 (Invited and highlighted in cover page) Weidman, J. R.; Luo, S.; Zhang, Q.; Guo, R., Structure Manipulation in Triptycene-Based Polyimides through Main Chain Geometry Variation and Its Effect on Gas Transport Properties (Special Issue of “Best Presentation of ACS 2016 Philadelphia”), Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2017, 56(7), 1868–1879. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.6b04946)



 “2017 Inaugural Class of Influential Researchers” recognized by I&EC Research (2017)

ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award (2015)

Department of Energy (DOE) Early CAREER Award (2013)

Chevron-Phillips Chemical Professional Excellence Travel Award (2011)

Summary of Activities/Interests

Research in the Guo group combines engineering and chemistry principles for the design, synthesis and characterization of functional polymer and polymer-based membrane materials with applications in the areas impacting both energy and the environment.  Topics of the group’s research span several fields, including development of new high performance polymeric membranes for gas separations, nanophase separated multiblock copolymers for polyelectrolyte membrane fuel cells, functional copolymers for water treatment/desalination, as well as fundamental studies on the structure-property relationship for polymer materials.  As such, the laboratory is interdisciplinary, with interests in chemical engineering, materials science and engineering, and polymer science and engineering.


CBE Researcher named to Industrial & Engineering Chemistry 2017 Class of Influential Researchers

October 5, 2017

Assistant Professor Ruilan Guo was named to the list of Influential Researchers by the editors of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.