Special Issue "Porous Materials for Water Technology"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2016).
Institute of Materials for Energy & Environment, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Qingdao University, Qingdao 266071, China
As the name suggests, porous materials are solids (or liquids) containing pores as cavities, channels, and interstices. According to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), porous materials are classified into three categories: microporous, mesoporous, and macroporous materials with pore sizes less than 2 nm, between 2 and 50 nm, and larger than 50 nm, respectively. In terms of composition, porous materials can be inorganic, or organic, or inorganic–organic composite materials. They are of scientific and technological importance because of the ability of their pore walls to interact with atoms, ions, molecules, and supermolecules, together with the capacity of controllable pore space to load or capture liquid and gas molecules, and solid particles. The tailorable pore size and pore wall surface chemistry enable porous materials to have been used in various applications from daily necessities, such as purifying drinking water by activated carbon or porous ceramics and use in modern industries, for example in petroleum refining. In the water industry, it is not exaggerated to say that every success in the development of water technology, such as water treatment using membrane filtration, wastewater treatment using adsorption and photocatalysis, desalination using reverse osmosis, and electrocapacitive desalination all rely on porous materials.
Collected in this Special Issue are recent research works on using porous materials to solve problems in water technology.
Prof. X.S. George Zhao
Prof. Hongliang Li
Prof. Peizhi Guo
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- Porous Materials
- Water purification
- Wastewater treatment
- Membranes and thin films