Special Issue "Block Copolymer-Based Membranes"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375). This special issue belongs to the section "Membrane Preparation and Characterization".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Mona Semsarilar

Institut Européen des Membranes—IEM, Université de Montpellier, CNRS, ENSCM, Place Eugène Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier CEDEX 05, France
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Interests: nano-structured membranes from self-assembled polymeric nanoparticles, design and synthesis of amphiphilic block copolymers; nano-structured green membranes from natural polymers, design and synthesis of cellulose polymer grafts and cellulose-polymer blends for preparation of nanostructured hydrophilic nanofiltration membranes that are more cost- and energy-efficient; dynamic membranes from ordered porous structures, design and synthesis of covalent organic frameworks (COF) for preparation of membrane with adaptable pore size and functionality; novel biomaterials based on peptide-polymer conjugates, design and synthesis of peptide-polymer conjugates and their self-assembly governed by supramolecular interactions of the peptidic block; hydrophilic PVDF based membranes, design and synthesis of PVDF polymer grafts and block copolymers for preparation of high flux and energy efficient membranes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to invite you to submit your original work or a review article to this Special Issue on “Block Copolymer-based Membranes”.

Membranes are crucial to many aspects of our modern lives, from water purification to energy and food production/storage and pharmaceutics. Membrane-based technologies offer numerous advantages compared to other separation techniques, mainly in terms of energy consumption. To make an efficient membrane, high selectivity (uniform pores) and high flux (high pore density) need to be coupled. Large scale production with affordable prices should also be feasible. Membranes made from polymers are advantageous compared to their ceramic (inorganic) counterparts as the former are cheaper and often easier to produce and handle. Block copolymers are perfect candidates for the fabrication of membranes, since they are inexpensive, processable and able to form nanostructures. In addition, it is rather easy to convey functionality to them via the use of functional monomers or post-polymerization modifications. With the recent advances in polymerization techniques it is relatively easy to prepare block copolymers with the desired molecular weight, functionality and architecture. The use of these tailor-made block copolymers in membrane fabrication would assist the progress towards the development of functional isoporous membranes with high pore densities.   

This issue is devoted to membranes prepared from block copolymers, as this topic has attracted increasing interest in recent years. Work on all aspects of membranes (preparation, characterisation, functionality, application, performance, modelling, etc.) using block copolymers is welcome.

We are looking forward to receiving your work for this Special Issue.

Dr. Mona Semsarilar
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • polymeric membranes
  • block copolymers
  • functional membranes
  • isoporous membranes
  • composite membranes
  • asymetric membranes

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