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Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(10), 1026;

Membrane Engineering for Sustainable Development: A Perspective

National Research Council—Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM–CNR), Via Pietro BUCCI, c/oUniversity of Calabria, cubo 17C, Rende 87036, Italy
Department of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, University of Calabria, Rende 87036, Italy
Hanyang University, WCU Energy Engineering Department, Seoul 133‐791, South Korea
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Received: 21 September 2017 / Revised: 28 September 2017 / Accepted: 28 September 2017 / Published: 6 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Chemistry)
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Membrane engineering can offer an important contribution in realizing sustainable industrial development. It provides opportunities to redesign the conventional process of engineering in the logic of Process Intensification. Relatively new and less exploited membrane operations offer innovative solutions to the scarcity of raw materials, freshwater and energy. Here, we identify the most interesting aspects of membrane engineering in some strategic industrial sectors. Several cases of either successful or innovative membrane technologies are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: membrane engineering; process intensification; membrane contactors; sources depletion membrane engineering; process intensification; membrane contactors; sources depletion

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Ali, A.; Drioli, E.; Macedonio, F. Membrane Engineering for Sustainable Development: A Perspective. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 1026.

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