Special Issue "Ion Exchange Membranes for Water Treatment"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375). This special issue belongs to the section "Membrane Applications in Water Treatment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Yoram Oren

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Sede Boker Campus, Israel
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Interests: electrically driven membrane separations, electrodialysis, capacitive deionization, ion exchange membranes, transport phenomena in pressure driven membranes for water treatment, fouling and scaling mechanisms of membranes, membrane characterization by electrochemical methods

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ion exchange membranes (IEMs) were first used in 1890 by Maigrot and Sabates in their pioneering study on the electrocally driven demineralization of sugar syrup. During the first half of the 20th century, this was followed by the first modeling of these membranes by Michaelis, who studied the properties of collodion membranes, the develpoment of the Donnan exclusion theory, the preparation of synthetic polymeric ion selective membranes, and the introduction of the electrodialysis (ED) stack with multiple cell pairs. Since then, the use of IEMs was extended to many applications including water treatment (desalination, separation between charged and non-charged species, selective removal of ions and more) by ED and membrane capacitive deionization (MCDI), energy generation devices such as Reverse ED, fuel cells, and different kinds of batteries. They are widely used today in the chemical industry for, e.g., metathesis, acid-base production (with bipolar IEMs), and ultrapure water preparation (by electrodeionization), and in the chlor-alkali industry. Selective and specially designed IEMs are used in different sensing devices.

This Special Issue will focus on recent developments in the field of ion exchange membranes and new insights gained in our understanding of their physico-chemical and transport properties. In particular, we seek contributions associated with water treatment using ion exchange membranes, according to the themes listed below.

  • bipolar membranes
  • characterization
  • chemical and physical stability
  • Donnan dialysis
  • diffusion dialysis
  • electrodeionization
  • electrodialysis
  • membrane capacitive deionization
  • modeling
  • new polymeric matrices for ion exchange membranes
  • organic/inorganic composite ion exchange membranes
  • scaling, fouling, and biofouling of ion exchange membranes
  • shock electrodialysis
  • selective/functionalized ion exchange membranes
  • transport phenomena

Prof. Dr. Yoram Oren
Guest Editor

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