Special Issue "Nanostructured Membranes"
A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018)
The world’s growing population and demographic changes demand the supply of an unprecedented volume of clean water to society. Increasing agricultural activities and industrialization also generate a large amount of waste that will have a significant impact on sustainable development. This has led to the innovative development of materials to be used by various separation industries.
The unique nanostructure and enhanced surface properties of nano-materials offer new perspectives for separation membranes. The surface energy, porosity, crystalline structure and morphology at the nano-scale were shown to have a direct impact on the materials plasmonic, magnetic, catalytic, thermodynamic, and filtering properties, opening new routes in the design of exciting membrane separation systems. The application of nano-structured materials in separation science, which is concerned with how to selectively reclaim solvents or remove contaminants from mainstreams; however, there are a number of challenges, largely related to particles agglomeration, high energy consumption, organic, inorganic, and biological fouling, mechanical and chemical stability of the nano-materials surface properties, and evident reproducibility due to the diverse scope of existing synthesis techniques.
New active surfaces and interfaces have been developed over the past 10 years, largely based on hybrid materials, including metal and metal oxide based, electrically conducting, and ion conducting polymers. Advances have been made in combinatorial material design, aiming at the development of multi-functional hybrid systems.
The purpose of this Special Issue is to publish high quality research papers, as well as review articles addressing recent advances on the applications of nano structured membrane materials. Original, high quality contributions that are not yet published or that are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are sought.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- New nano-scale porous architectures
- Interfacial interactions between nano-materials and contaminants
- Modelling on fouling and scaling at the nanoscale;
- Novel strategies to incorporate catalytic materials across chemical reactors;
- Advanced catalytic coatings and surfaces;
- Photo-catalysis applied to liquid and gas remediation;
- Passivation and regeneration of nano-catalysts;
- Design of super-adsorbents;
- Super-adsorbents for solvent reclamation
- Nano-textured or porous membrane materials
- Flow enhancement across nano-porous membranes
- Advanced characterisation technology of nanostructured membranes
- Computational simulation of membrane processes
- Molecular dynamics simulation of flow and interfacial interaction
Prof. Dr. Lingxue Kong
Prof. Dr. Kuo-Lun Tung
Dr. Ludovic Dumee
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Membranes is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Surface interfacial interaction