Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 16th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes (ICIM)"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 26 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Yingchao Dong
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School of Environmental Science & Technology (SEST), Dalian University of Technology (DUT), Dalian 116024, China
Interests: environmental engineering; membrane technology; ceramic membranes; water and gas treatment
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Prof. Dr. Kuo-Lun Tung
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Advanced Research Center for Green Materials Science and Technology and Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan
Interests: inorganic membrane fabrication; membrane filtration mechanism; membrane module design; multiscale simulation
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Prof. Dr. Mikel Duke
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Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, Victoria University, Melbourne, VIC 8001, Australia
Interests: desalination; water treatment; gas separation; membrane distillation; ceramic membranes; zeolites; silica; nanocomposite materials; microbiology; membrane bioreactor; dairy processing; membrane recycling; molecular scale and process modelling
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Dr. Dong-Yeun Koh
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Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34141, Korea
Interests: membranes; sorbents; hollow fibers; gas separations
Prof. Dr. Tomohisa Yoshioka
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Research Center for Membrane and Film Technology, Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation, Kobe University, 1-1, Rokkodai, Nada, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
Interests: inorganic membranes; gas separation; NF/RO/FO; transport mechanisms through micropores; molecular simulation on microporous membranes
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Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

 The 16th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes (ICIM16), will be held in Taipei from 6-10 March, 2021.

Since 1989, ICIM is organized every other year devoting exclusively to the science and technology of inorganic membranes and has become one of the major conferences in the inorganic membranes field. The conference provides excellent opportunities for researchers from academia and industries all around the world to report and discuss the latest applications on inorganic membranes technologies and innovations. Based on previous successful experience, ICIM 16 will continue this tradition. On top of that, ICIM 30th anniversary will fall on ICIM 16. On behalf of the organizing committee, We warmly welcome you to join the conference and celebrate the anniversary with us. We are confident that your participation will make the conference fruitful and successful.

This Special Issue covers a range of contemporary inorganic membrane topics, including (but not limited to):

Membrane Types

  • Metal oxide/ceramic or Siliceous membranes
  • Metal–organic framework (MOF) membranes
  • Zeolite membranes
  • Metallic membranes
  • Ion transport membranes
  • 2D (e.g., graphene/GO/layered zeolite) and 1D (e.g., nanotube) membranes
  • Hybrid/mixed matrix membranes

Application Areas

  • Light gas separations (e.g., CO2, O2, H2)
  • Hydrocarbon gas separations
  • Hydrocarbon liquid separations
  • Organics-from-water (including biorefinery) separations
  • Isotope or nuclide separations
  • Water treatment (e.g., desalination, decontamination, processed water)
  • Biomolecule/biochemical separations
  • Membrane reactors
  • Membrane contactors or other hybrid processes
  • Membrane-based sensors and analytical devices

Technical Areas

  • Membrane growth/fabrication and characterization
  • Membrane transport measurements
  • Membrane transport modeling/simulation
  • Membrane scale-up, piloting, or industrial use
  • Membrane process design and economics

Prof. Yingchao Dong
Prof. Kuo-Lun Tung
Prof. Mikel Duke
Prof. Dong-Yeun Koh
Prof. Tomohisa Yoshioka
Guest Editors

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Simulation Study on Direct Contact Membrane Distillation Modules for High-Concentration NaCl Solution
Membranes 2020, 10(8), 179; https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes10080179 - 05 Aug 2020
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Membrane distillation technology, as a new membrane-based water treatment technology that combines the membrane technology and evaporation process, has the advantages of using low-grade heat, working at atmospheric pressure with simple configuration, etc. In this study, heat and mass transfer were coupled at [...] Read more.
Membrane distillation technology, as a new membrane-based water treatment technology that combines the membrane technology and evaporation process, has the advantages of using low-grade heat, working at atmospheric pressure with simple configuration, etc. In this study, heat and mass transfer were coupled at the membrane surfaces through the user-defined function program. The effects of feed temperature, feed velocity and permeate velocity on temperature polarization were mainly investigated for a high-concentration NaCl solution. The temperature polarization was increased with the increase of feed temperature and the decrease of feed and permeate velocity. The effects of temperature, inlet velocity and solution concentration on the evaporation efficiency of the membrane module for co- and counter-current operations were investigated in detail. The counter-current operation performed better than co-current operation in most cases, except for the condition where the NaCl concentration was relatively low or the module length was long enough. In addition, the optimal membrane thickness for both PVDF and PTFE was studied. The optimal membrane thickness was found in the range of 10 to 20 μm, which corresponded to the highest permeate flux for the selected materials, pore size distribution, and operation conditions. Membrane material with lower thermal conductivity and larger porosity was prone to get higher permeate flux and had larger optimal membrane thickness. Increasing feed velocity or feed temperature could decrease the optimal membrane thickness. Full article
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