Special Issue "Functional Membranes for Biomedical and Environmental Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Nazely Diban

Department Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Cantabria, Spain
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Interests: blends; composites; graphene-based nanomaterials; neural in vitro models; persistent pollutants degradation in aqueous media; perfusion bioreactors; photocatalytic membranes; polymeric membranes; tissue regeneration

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The quest for preparing more efficient membranes is an emerging field with still many unsolved challenges ahead, including understanding the ruling mechanisms behind membrane behavior and finding the best methods to incorporate active functionality in long-term stable membranes for them to actually become competitive and a marketable product. Among the different approaches to outperforming the present functionality of membranes, surface modification, the use of blends, and the immobilization of new generation nanomaterials in the membrane matrix are some of the most popular ones. This Special Issue will deal with the study of the formerly mentioned techniques, as well as any other novel membrane functionalization methodology.

In this Special Issue, among the different fields of application for functional membranes,  the scope aims at covering the last innovations of functional membranes applied in biomedical devices and for environmental purposes, as well as to analyze the future perspectives of membranes in these fields. The topics of the submissions include:

  • The use of membranes in diagnostic devices, that is, (bio-)sensors and probes,
  • membrane-based therapeutic devices,
  • membrane scaffolds for tissue engineering,
  • reactive membranes for selective separations/pollutants utilization from waste streams,
  • membrane reactors, bioreactors, and catalytic/photocatalytic reactors,
  • (wearable) biohybrid organs,
  • integration of membranes in microfluidic systems, and so on.

We look forward to receiving original research studies or reviews related to a comprehensive mechanistic study of functional membrane materials, new or improved synthesis and functionalization procedures, material characterization methods, analysis of the performance of innovative membrane materials, and design of membrane devices or reactors.

Dr. Nazely Diban
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • biomedical applications
  • blends
  • composites
  • gas separations
  • ionic liquids
  • nanomaterials
  • membrane reactors
  • pollutants utilization
  • smart, sensing membrane materials
  • water treatment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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