Special Issue "Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of the Mass and Heat Transfers in Membrane Separation Processes"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375). This special issue belongs to the section "Fundamentals of Membrane Processes".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jianhua Zhang
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Institute for Sustainability and Innovation, College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
Interests: membrane distillation; wastewater treatment; desalination; advanced oxidation; membrane filtration; NF; RO
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Prof. Ranil Wickramasinghe
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Ralph E Martin Department of Chemical Engineering, and Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701, USA
Interests: synthetic membrane-based separation processes; surface modification of membranes; development of catalytic membranes for biomass hydrolysis by grafting catalytic groups to the membrane surface
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Assoc. Prof. Hongge Guo
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Qilu University of Technology, Jinan 250353, China
Interests: preparation and analysis of the structure and properties of gas transimission film; mass transfer, such as heat, oxygen, water vapor, aroma, and ethylene gas of multilayer composite film; modified atmosphere packaging and moisture-proof packaging for products

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Membrane separation technology has been widely used in gas and liquid separation processes. It has the advantages of controllable selectivity, compact structure, and low ecological footprint. Depending on the characteristics of the membrane, it can be used to separate different phases such as solid from liquid or gas, solvent from solute, and different ions in the same phase. The selectivity or rejection of targeted components can rely on size exclusion, phase change, charge, etc. The active layer of the membrane can be a single material, composite materials or even formed during treatment, such as a membrane biological reactor. Various driving forces are involved in the mass transfer, such as the concentration gradient in forward osmosis, the electric potential difference in electrodialysis, the vapor pressure difference in the membrane distillation, and the pressure difference in filtration, reverse osmosis, and nanofiltration processes. Maximizing the mass productivity per unit driving force applied is preferred, since it will minimize the required membrane material or total footprint and energy input for the same treatment capacity. Therefore, it is critical to understand the factors or principles limiting or enhancing the transfer phenomena.

This Special Issue on “Theoretical and Experimental Investigation of the Mass and Heat Transfers in Membrane Separation Processes” will bring together articles on studies of the mass and heat transfer phenomena/principles during membrane separation. We are requesting articles on all aspects of membrane separation processes, including manuscripts on literature reviews and research on membrane characterization, membrane fouling, membrane fabrication, and modeling for heat and mass transfer.

Dr. Jianhua Zhang
Prof. Ranil Wickramasinghe
Assoc. Prof. Hongge Guo
Guest Editors

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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Keywords

  • Membrane
  • Separation
  • Mass transfer
  • Heat transfer
  • Fouling
  • Selectivity
  • Retention

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A Review on Current Development of Membranes for Oil Removal from Wastewaters
Membranes 2020, 10(4), 65; https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes10040065 - 07 Apr 2020
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The current situation with the problems associated with the removal of oil from wastewaters by membranes is being explored. Many types of membranes have been investigated—organic polymers, inorganic or ceramic species and hybrids of the two. Polymeric membranes can be designed to facilitate [...] Read more.
The current situation with the problems associated with the removal of oil from wastewaters by membranes is being explored. Many types of membranes have been investigated—organic polymers, inorganic or ceramic species and hybrids of the two. Polymeric membranes can be designed to facilitate the passage of oil, but the more successful approach is with hydrophilic types that encourage the passage of water. Ceramic membranes have an advantage here as they are less often irreversibly fouled and give a higher recovery of oil, with a lower flux decline. Furthermore, they can be cleaned up by a simple heating procedure. More attention should be given to understanding the mechanism of fouling so that operating conditions can be optimised to further reduce fouling and further decrease the flux decline, as well as assisting in the design of antifouling membranes. Another obstacle to ceramic membrane use is the high cost of manufacture. Cheaper starting materials such as clays have been surveyed. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: Performance modelling of direct contact membrane distillation using a hydrophobic/hydrophilic dual layer membrane
Authors: Inci Boztepe 1, Stephen Gray 1, Jianhua Zhang 1, Jun-De Li 2
Affiliations:
1. Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
2. College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

 

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