Special Issue "Membranes in Process Intensification"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Galip Akay

School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
Website: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/pim/
Phone: +44 191 222 7269
Fax: +44 191 222 5292
Interests: micro-cellular polymers; biomass waste gasification; syngas cleaning; syngas-to-biofuel/ammonia conversion; nano-structured micro-porous materials, membranes and catalysts; catalytic membrane combustion; biomimic membrane reactors; oil-water and gas-liquid separations; carrier mediated separations/remediation; membrane process (electro-filtration); in vitro organs/tissue engineering; biotechnology; enzyme encapsulation and bio-remediation; agglomeration/micro-encapsulation; detergent processing
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Robert Field

Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PJ, UK
Website: http://www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/about-balliol/robert-field
Fax: +44 1865 283 273

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Process Intensification (PI) has been emerging as a novel processing philosophy fit for the needs of the new millennia as a result of global warming, concerns for food, energy and water shortages and the shift towards a hydrogen economy and renewables which require local production platforms for sustainability. Integrated PI-based technology is free of the burden of economies of scale which define the economics of centralized production. PI is therefore most useful in distributed–decentralized–local production.

Within PI, membranes play an important function because of the reduction of diffusion pathways for mass transfer as well as due to their selectivity and catalytic activity. This special issue will summarize the latest developments in membrane based PI across all disciplines in order to define the underlying mechanisms and cross-fertilization. We invite contributors to submit original research papers in membrane based process intensification in chemical, biochemical, biological, agricultural, environmental, energy conversion technologies covering separations, reactors, catalysis, combustion processes dealing with products such as chemicals, fine chemicals or resources such as water, air and solar radiation. The scope of the papers ranges from the existing polymeric, metallic, ceramic or composite membrane systems in process intensification to novel membranes specially tailored for process intensification.

Prof. Dr. Galip Akay
Prof. Dr. Robert Field
Guest Editors


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 500 CHF (Swiss Francs). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


  • catalytic membranes
  • composite membranes
  • crossflow filtration
  • membranes
  • membrane combustion
  • membrane separations
  • membrane reactors
  • process intensification
  • process miniaturisation
  • reactive membranes
  • reactive separations

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p. 96-112
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Membranes 2014, 4(1), 96-112; doi:10.3390/membranes4010096
Received: 30 November 2013 / Revised: 19 December 2013 / Accepted: 14 February 2014 / Published: 28 February 2014
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p. 285-297
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Membranes 2013, 3(4), 285-297; doi:10.3390/membranes3040285
Received: 6 August 2013 / Revised: 8 September 2013 / Accepted: 29 September 2013 / Published: 11 October 2013
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p. 69-86
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Membranes 2013, 3(2), 69-86; doi:10.3390/membranes3020069
Received: 27 February 2013 / Revised: 11 April 2013 / Accepted: 28 April 2013 / Published: 14 May 2013
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