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Membrane Operations for Process Intensification in Desalination

by Enrico Drioli 1,2,3,4, Aamer Ali 1,* and Francesca Macedonio 1,2,*
Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM-CNR), National Research Council, c/o The University of Calabria, Cubo 17C, Via Pietro Bucci, Rende 87036, Italy
Department of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, University of Calabria, Rende 87036, Italy
WCU Energy Engineering Department, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791, Korea
Center of Excellence in Desalination Technology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
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Academic Editor: Mohamed Khayet
Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(1), 100;
Received: 16 December 2016 / Revised: 10 January 2017 / Accepted: 13 January 2017 / Published: 20 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Membrane Distillation)
Process intensification strategy (PIS) is emerging as an interesting guideline to revolutionize process industry in terms of improved efficiency and sustainability. Membrane engineering has appeared as a strong candidate to implement PIS. The most significant progress has been observed in desalination where substantial reduction in overall energy demand, environmental footprint, and process hazards has already been accomplished. Recent developments in membrane engineering are shaping the desalination industry into raw materials and energy production where fresh water will be produced as a byproduct. The present study discusses the current and perspective role of membrane engineering in achieving the objectives of PIS in the field of desalination. View Full-Text
Keywords: process engineering; membrane operations; desalination; metrics process engineering; membrane operations; desalination; metrics
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Drioli, E.; Ali, A.; Macedonio, F. Membrane Operations for Process Intensification in Desalination. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 100.

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