Special Issue "Advances in Liquid Membranes"


A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2014

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Kyriakos D. Papadopoulos
Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118-5674, USA
Website: http://tulane.edu/sse/cbe/faculty/papadopoulos.cfm
E-Mail: kyriakos@tulane.edu
Phone: +1-(504)-865-5826
Fax: +1-(504)-865-6744
Interests: transport and stability in emulsion-liquid-membrane double emulsions; capillary video microscopy; transport and aggregation/coalescence in porous media; oil-spill remediation; enhanced (crude) oil recovery; dermal delivery of macromolecules; bacterial motility in porous media

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Isabel Coelhoso
REQUIMTE-CQFB, Dep. Quimica, FCT-Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Website: http://www.requimte.pt/index.php?section=200
E-Mail: imrc@fct.unl.pt
Phone: +35 121 294 8302
Interests: membrane separation processes; membrane contactors; extraction processes using liquid membranes with selective carriers and green solvents (ionic liquids); membrane distillation; biopolymeric membrane materials (polysacharides, chitin) for food and health applications

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Clàudia Fontàs
The University of Girona, Girona, Catalonia, Spain
Website: http://tnt.udg.edu/scripts/depQuimica/paginaweb.asp?codi=PA03
E-Mail: claudia.fontas@udg.edu
Phone: +32 972 419 839
Fax: +34 972 418 150
Interests: separation processes based on functionalized membranes; supported liquid membranes; polymer inclusion membranes; membrane systems for the clean-up of natural waters and industrial wastewaters; physico-chemical and electrical characterization of membranes; environmental and industrial sampling and analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Liquid membranes (LMs) are a well-known type of membranes that have been applied in different areas where separation or specific transport is needed. The selectivity of LMs is easily increased with the use of an appropriate carrier; the LMs become functionalized membranes that can be very specific for the separation of target solutes. Moreover, unlike many other separation processes, LMs are usually driven only by chemical forces, and hence can have low energy intensity in their operation.

The underlying technology required to utilize LMs for separating target solutes from aqueous solutions is relatively simple, and can be easily adapted to a range of applications. LMs are very versatile, and can be found in different configurations, such as supported liquid membranes (SLMs) and membrane contactors. These configurations have been applied for the recovery of valued or toxic metals, removal of organic compounds, gas separation and recovery of fermentation products, among others. In the configuration of emulsion liquid membranes (ELMs), they are used as storage and delivery vehicles of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics in the health sciences and the pharmaceutical industry. Membrane contactors are also gaining importance; these contactors can supply 20 to 100 times more surface area per volume than conventional extraction and absorption equipment.

However, in spite of the known advantages of using SLMs, one major drawback for industrial application is the SLMs’ instability: i.e., the liquid phase evaporates or may get easily displaced from the pores. One of the most interesting strategies for improving SLMs’ stability involves the use of ionic liquids, as these compounds have negligible vapor pressure.

We invite contributors to submit original research papers discussing the latest developments in liquid membrane-based processes for chemical, biological, and environmental applications.

Prof. Dr. Kyriakos D. Papadopoulos
Prof. Dr. Isabel Coelhoso
Prof. Dr. Clàudia Fontàs
Guest Editors


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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Membranes is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • liquid membranes
  • membrane contactors
  • membrane processes
  • ionic liquids
  • stability

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Membranes 2014, 4(2), 210-226; doi:10.3390/membranes4020210
Received: 10 March 2014; in revised form: 8 April 2014 / Accepted: 18 April 2014 / Published: 30 April 2014
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Last update: 15 May 2014

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