Special Issue "Preparation, Characterization and Modelling of Advanced Membranes"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Johannes Carolus (John) Jansen
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Institute on Membrane Technology, ITM-CNR, Via P. Bucci, Cubo 17/C, 87036 Rende (CS), Italy
Interests: polymeric and hybrid membranes for gas and vapour separation; principles of gas and vapour transport in membranes by sorption and permeation experiments; structural, mechanical and thermal properties of polymers, polymer blends and hybrid materials; membrane preparation by phase inversion techniques; polymers of intrinsic microporosity; perfluoropolymers; ionic liquids; carbon dioxide capture
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Dr. Alessio Fuoco
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Institute on Membrane Technology, ITM-CNR, Via P. Bucci, Cubo 17/C, 87036 Rende (CS), Italy
Interests: polymeric and mixed matrix membranes; gas separation membranes; computational methods for membrane science; transport phenomena
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Dr. Elisa Esposito
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Institute on Membrane Technology, ITM-CNR, Via P. Bucci, Cubo 17/C, 87036 Rende (CS), Italy
Interests: preparation and characterization of dense and composite membranes for gas separation; biogas purification using thin‐film composite membranes; synthesis and transport properties of novel mixed matrix membranes; hollow fiber membrane modules for CO2/CH4 separation; membrane based on polymer blends and polymer/ionic liquid gels; preparation of membranes based on polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs); CO2 sorption in ionic liquids
Dr. Marcello Monteleone
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Institute on Membrane Technology, ITM-CNR, Via P. Bucci, Cubo 17/C, 87036 Rende (CS), Italy
Interests: preparation and characterization of neat polymer membranes and mixed matrix membranes; pure and mixed gas permeation; facilitated transport membranes; mass spectrometric gas analysis; gas and vapor transport in polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Membrane separations are becoming increasingly important for a number of processes that were traditionally performed by normal or cryogenic distillation, pressure swing adsorption, crystallization, chromatographic, or other separation processes. Their popularity has resulted from their compact modular design, relatively low energy consumption, small footprint, low or lack of chemical use, and environmentally benign operation in general. Increasingly demanding separation processes require strong research efforts for the development of novel membranes, membrane materials, or membrane processes with maximum performance, good durability, low fouling, and good resistance under the operation conditions. In order to obtain successful practical solutions for separation processes, the development of novel materials, from synthesis to full characterization and modeling of their structure and properties, must go hand in hand with advanced membrane preparation methods, module production, and process design and construction.

In this light, this Special Issue of Applied Sciences aims to provide an overview of state-of-the-art research in the preparation, characterization, and modeling of advanced membranes. The envisaged applications range from gas and vapor separation, to pervaporation, nano-, ultra-, and micro-filtration, direct and reverse electrodialysis, forward and reverse osmosis, and all other fields where membranes play a central role. It is a collection of publications that focus on the membrane materials, their synthesis, properties and performance, both from the experimental viewpoint and through modeling approaches.

Dr. Johannes Carolus (John) Jansen
Dr. Alessio Fuoco
Dr. Elisa Esposito
Dr. Marcello Monteleone
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • polymeric membranes
  • mixed matrix membranes
  • inorganic membranes
  • gas separation
  • membrane filtration
  • fouling
  • membrane contactors
  • membrane preparation and characterization
  • sustainability

Published Papers (2 papers)

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Mass Transfer Through Graphene-Based Membranes
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(2), 455; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10020455 - 08 Jan 2020
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The problems related to the transport of gases through nanoporous graphene (NG) and graphene oxide (GO) membranes are considered. The influence of surface processes on the transport of gas molecules through the aforementioned membranes is studied theoretically. The obtained regularities allow finding the [...] Read more.
The problems related to the transport of gases through nanoporous graphene (NG) and graphene oxide (GO) membranes are considered. The influence of surface processes on the transport of gas molecules through the aforementioned membranes is studied theoretically. The obtained regularities allow finding the dependence of the flux of the gas molecules passing through the membrane on the kinetic parameters which describe the interaction of the gas molecules with the graphene sheets. This allows to take into account the influence of external fields (e.g., resonance radiation), affecting the aforementioned kinetic parameters, on the transport of gas molecules through the membranes. The proposed approach makes it possible to explain some experimental results related to mass transfer in the GO membranes. The possibility of the management of mass transfer through the NG and GO membranes using resonance radiation is discussed. Full article
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Crosslinked Facilitated Transport Membranes Based on Carboxymethylated NFC and Amine-Based Fixed Carriers for Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Applications
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(1), 414; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10010414 - 06 Jan 2020
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Herein, we report the performances of crosslinked facilitated transport membranes based on carboxymethylated nanofibrils of cellulose (cmNFC) and polyvinylamine (PVAm) with the use of 3-(2-Aminoethylamino) propyltrimethoxysilane (AEAPTMS) as second fixed carrier for CO2 selectivity and permeability. The grafting of AEAPTMS on cmNFC [...] Read more.
Herein, we report the performances of crosslinked facilitated transport membranes based on carboxymethylated nanofibrils of cellulose (cmNFC) and polyvinylamine (PVAm) with the use of 3-(2-Aminoethylamino) propyltrimethoxysilane (AEAPTMS) as second fixed carrier for CO2 selectivity and permeability. The grafting of AEAPTMS on cmNFC was optimized by following the hydrolysis/condensation kinetics by 29Si Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) analyses and two different strategies of the process of membrane production were investigated. In optimized conditions, around 25% of the -COOH functions from cmNFC have crosslinked with PVAm. The crosslinked membranes were less sensitive to liquid water and the crystallinity of PVAm was tuned by the conditions of the membrane elaboration. In both processes, CO2 selectivity and permeability were enhanced especially at high water vapor concentration by the use of PVAm and AEAPTMS suggesting the existence of a facilitation effect due to amine-CO2 interaction, while the mechanical integrity of the swollen membranes remained intact. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

[1] E. Esposito, etc. Glassy vs rubbery polymers: effect on the gas transport in CuNi-MOF based mixed matrix membranes.

[2] V. Levdansky, etc. Transport of gases through graphene-based membranes

[3]  P. Kříž, etc. Gas transport in self-standing graphene oxide membranes: Experiment and modelling.

[4]  M. C. Ferrari, etc. Crosslinked Facilitated Transport Membranes based on carboxymethylated NFC and amine-based mobile carriers for Carbone Capture and Storage applications.

[5]  D. Nikolaeva, etc.  Zinc salts to promote CO2 sorption in poly(ionic liquid) / ionic liquid-based thin film composite membranes for flue gas treatment.

[6]  V. Teplyakov etc. Combination of the experimental and theoretical approaches for the estimation of the C1-C4 alkanes permeability parameters in poly(4-methyl-2-pentyne) and  poly (4-methyl-1-pentene)。

[7] V. Teplyakov etc.  Measurement of water and methanol vapors diffusion in polymeric membranes.

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