Special Issue "Membrane Emulsification"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2017).
Interests: membrane science and bioengineering; development of biohybrid and bioinspired membranes selective at molecular level; biocatalysis with membranes; biocatalytic membrane reactors and bioreactors; integrated membrane processes for bioseparations and bioconversions; wastewater treatment and recovery of added value components; application of membrane operations in biotechnology, nanomedicine, pharmaceutical, food, biorefinery
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Interests: membrane emulsification; encapsulation; drug delivery; biocatalytic membrane reactors; membrane bioengineering
New production concepts and unit operations are required to promote a sustainable development of a next generation of industrial products and processes based on the use of micro- and nano-particulates with a target size, composition, structure and function.
Membrane emulsification (ME) represents a unique technology, able to produce target droplets by dispersing a non-miscible phase into a continuous phase through a porous membrane on the basis of a drop-by-drop mechanism. Particles from nanometer/submicron to a few hundred microns, including emulsions, spheres, and capsules with a controlled size and composition can be obtained. The distinguishing aspect is that the droplet size is controlled by the choice of the microporous membrane and not by droplets breakup generated by high mechanical stress.
The mild shear stress applied at the pore mouth and the precisely controlled particle size and size distribution, places ME among the most suitable methods for formulations of controlled architectures containing labile bioactive macromolecules. Products deriving from ME processes satisfy market needs for new products with improved quality and functions in critical areas of chemical industry, biotechnology, food, pharmaceutical, and biomedicine.
This Special Issue of Membranes welcomes works related to the topic of Membrane Emulsification Technology. Both original contributions and reviews on recent advances in membrane emulsification, including theoretical and experimental insights in membrane operation methods, membrane emulsification devices, membranes used, as well as application in various fields, are greatly welcome.
Dr. Lidietta Giorno
Dr. Emma Piacentini
- membrane emulsification (ME)
- direct membrane emulsification
- pre-mix membrane emulsificatio
- cross-flow membrane emulsification
- dynamic ME
- static ME
- droplet formation mechanisms in ME
- amphiphilic membrane surface properties
- uniform-sized particles