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Molecules 2019, 24(3), 638;

Experimental Evaluation of the Thermal Polarization in Direct Contact Membrane Distillation Using Electrospun Nanofiber Membranes Doped With Molecular Probes

Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM-CNR), via P. Bucci 17/C, 87036 Rende (CS), Italy
Institute of Nanoscience of Aragon (INA) and Department of Chemical, Engineering and Environmental Technology, University of Zaragoza, C/Mariano Esquillor, s/n, I+D+i Building, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
LAQV, REQUIMTE, Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
Istituto di Nanotecnologia (CNR - NANOTEC), Via P. Bucci 31c, 87036 Rende (Cs), Italy
Istituto per i Processi Chimico-Fisici, CNR-IPCF, Viale F. Stagno D’Alcontres 37, 98158 Messina, Italy
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Received: 22 December 2018 / Revised: 30 January 2019 / Accepted: 1 February 2019 / Published: 12 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Trends in Membrane Preparation and Applications)
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Membrane distillation (MD) has recently gained considerable attention as a valid process for the production of fresh-water due to its ability to exploit low grade waste heat for operation and to ensure a nearly feed concentration-independent production of high-purity distillate. Limitations have been related to polarization phenomena negatively affecting the thermal efficiency of the process and, as a consequence, its productivity. Several theoretical models have been developed to predict the impact of the operating conditions of the process on the thermal polarization, but there is a lack of experimental validation. In this study, electrospun nanofiber membranes (ENMs) made of Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and doped with (1, 10-phenanthroline) ruthenium (II) Ru(phen)3 were tested at different operating conditions (i.e., temperature and velocity of the feed) in direct contact membrane distillation (DCMD). The temperature sensitive luminophore, Ru(phen)3, allowed the on-line and non-invasive mapping of the temperature at the membrane surface during the process and the experimental evaluation of the effect of the temperature and velocity of the feed on the thermal polarization. View Full-Text
Keywords: membrane distillation; thermal polarization; electrospinning; molecular probes membrane distillation; thermal polarization; electrospinning; molecular probes

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Santoro, S.; Vidorreta, I.; Coelhoso, I.; Lima, J.C.; Desiderio, G.; Lombardo, G.; Drioli, E.; Mallada, R.; Crespo, J.; Criscuoli, A.; Figoli, A. Experimental Evaluation of the Thermal Polarization in Direct Contact Membrane Distillation Using Electrospun Nanofiber Membranes Doped With Molecular Probes. Molecules 2019, 24, 638.

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