Special Issue "Point-of-use Membrane Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375). This special issue belongs to the section "Membrane Applications in Industry and Chemical Analysis".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Volodymyr V. Tarabara

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
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Interests: membrane separation processes; membrane reactors and hybrid processes
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Michael O. Daramola

Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg 2050, South Africa
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Interests: membrane technology and catalysis; renewable energy, bio-based economy and sustainable environment; water purification/wastewater treatment; nanotechnology and composite materials; and process modeling and simulation
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Miguel Herrera-Robledo

Universidad Regional Amazónica, km 7 Vía Muyuna, Tena 150102, Ecuador
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Interests: biofouling in membrane bioreactors; photocatalytic coatings; hybrid membrane technologies; virology of fluvial systems
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Katsuki Kimura

Division of Environmental Engineering, Hokkaido University, N13W8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628, Japan
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Interests: water/wastewater treatment by membrane processes; fouling in membrane processes
Guest Editor
Dr. Harsha Ratnaweera

Faculty of Science and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, P.O. Box 5003-IMT, 1432 Aas, Norway
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Interests: membrane processes in combination with chemical and biological treatment processes and for removal of micropollutants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue will include contributions that address the increasing role of point-of-use water and wastewater treatment using membranes. Manuscripts of a range of formats are invited, including state-of-the-art reviews, technical papers, technical notes, forum articles, and case studies. The specific topics to be included in the collection include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Feasibility of membrane-based point-of-use water treatment: Issues of cost, operational knowledge and training, quality control, social acceptance, other;
  2. Leveraging unique capabilities of membranes for point-of-use treatment: Low footprint, micropollutant removal, other;
  3. Membranes for point-of-use water and wastewater treatment in:
    • resource-constrained environments;
    • human support systems (cruise ships, remote and mobile bases, etc.);
    • emergency management scenarios;
    • conflict zones.

Manuscripts describing case studies are especially welcome.

In addition to technical papers on the subjects listed above, we welcome policy-oriented contributions addressing the status quo and prospective balance between the centralized and point-of use treatment paradigms.

Prof. Dr. Volodymyr V. Tarabara
Prof. Dr. Michael O. Daramola
Prof. Dr. Miguel Herrera-Robledo
Prof. Dr. Katsuki Kimura
Prof. Dr. Harsha Ratnaweera
Guest Editors

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.


  • Point-of-use treatment
  • Drinking water supply in conflict zones
  • Water treatment during emergency management: Case studies
  • Human support systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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