Special Issue "State-of-the-art Membrane-based Desalination"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2019)
Over the last decade, we have witnessed a rapid increase in desalination using semi-permeable seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) membranes. Due to the changing climate patterns, soaring population growth, and limited availability of fresh water supplies, the world is looking to the ocean for producing fresh water using technologies with lower specific energy consumption (kWh/m3) and cost. We expect membrane-based desalination will become dominant over the next decade not only in the Middle East and North Africa but also in Asia, the US, and Latin America, doubling the global desalination capacity by 2030.
In this Special Issue, our goal is to disseminate the accumulated know-how on the up-to-date, state-of-the-art technologies in seawater desalination practice. In particular, we wish to put emphasis on the following aspects:
(1) One of the key factors that contributed to the lower cost of seawater desalination is the advancement of SWRO membranes. The advancement of SWRO technology for high-productivity membrane elements designed with features to yield more fresh water while lowering specific energy and GHG emission and combating fouling, given the increase in transmembrane pressure (TMP) needed to maintain constant RO flux during the operational/cleaning cycle;
(2) Identifying future opportunities in hybrid SWRO technologies such as renewable energy-driven SWRO, membrane distillation, forward osmosis, pressure-retarded osmosis, and reverse electrodialysis.
For this Special Issue of Membranes—“State-of-the-art Membrane-based Desalination,”—we encourage you to submit manuscripts discussing how membrane development, energy consumption, and emerging membrane integration will advance membrane-based desalination to meet future demands.
Dr. Alicia Kyoungjin An
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- low fouling membranes
- nanocomposite membranes with higher permeability
- renewable energy-driven SWRO
- emerging membranes: membrane distillation, forward osmosis, pressure retarded osmosis, and reverse electrodialysis
- reducing specific energy consumption and GHG emissions