Special Issue "Fouling and Anti-Fouling of Ion-Exchange Membranes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2020

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Lasâad Dammak

Institut de Chimie et des Matériaux Paris-Est (ICMPE), UMR 7182 CNRS, Université Paris-Est, 2 Rue Henri Dunant, 94320 Thiais, France
Interests: ion-exchange membrane; dialysis; electrodialysis; membrane characterization; fouling; scaling; antifouling strategies; microstructure modeling; water treatment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of ion-exchange membranes (IEMs) has accelerated over the past two decades in a wide variety of industrial processes (electrodialysis, electro-electrodialysis, electrolysis, dialysis, etc.) for applications related to chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries, energy production, water treatments, etc. Organic and mineral fouling (or scaling) phenomena are two major factors limiting the efficiencies of IEMs processes and performances (reduction of the IEMs selectivity and stability, increase of their electrical resistance, deduction of the energy efficiency of the process, etc.) leading to significant economic losses. The current washing, cleaning and sterilization processes (anti-fouling treatments) make it possible to recover some of the IEMs performances, but frequently induce degradation on the membrane material.

In this Special Issue, authors are invited to submit original articles and reviews on the subject of fouling and anti-fouling of ion-exchange membranes. The contributions may concern (i) characterization of the used IEMs, (ii) extraction and identification of the fouling and scaling materials both on the surface and in the membrane, (iii) development of fouling and scaling mechanisms, (iv) proposition of new sustainable solutions to improve the anti-fouling properties of IEMs, etc.

Dr. Lasâad Dammak
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Ion-exchange membrane
  • Fouling and Scaling
  • Anti-fouling

Published Papers

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