Special Issue "Modeling of Membrane Formation"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Denis Bouyer

University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France
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Interests: modeling approaches in membrane formation; meso-scale modeling, molecular modeling, phase inversion, phase field method, dissipative particle dynamics, Lattice Monte Carlo

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The formation of porous polymeric membranes is usually induced by a phase separation method: a homogeneous polymer solution (initially polymer/solvent or polymer/solvent/non-solvent system depending on the process) is quenched into the diphasic region by temperature change (TIPS process) or composition change (NIPS or dry-casting process). The final membrane morphology depends on many factors, including initial formulation, phase inversion process, exchange rates during the phase separation… Consequently, predicting the final membrane morphology remains very tricky, and trial and error process are still commonly used to reach targeted membrane morphology from a given polymer system.

During the last decades, modeling efforts have been done to better understand the relationship between the operating parameters (formulation, process parameters) and the membrane morphology. First models were based on the description of mass and heat transfers between the polymer solution and its environment. Composition paths were thus classically simulated and reported on phase diagrams to predict the final membrane morphology. More recently, promising efforts have been made in the modeling of the phase inversion dynamics itself at molecular and meso-scale: Molecular Dynamics, Dissipative Particle Dynamics, Lattice Monte Carlo, and Phase-field methods. This new area of modeling gives more opportunity to predict the whole phase inversion process, and hence the final morphology.

So, I am pleased to invite you to submit a paper to the special issue “Modeling of Membrane Formation”, which covers mass and heat transfers, molecular and meso-scale modeling methods. Authors are therefore invited to submit their latest results; both original papers and reviews are welcome.

Prof. Denis Bouyer
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Meso-scale Modeling
  • Molecular Modeling
  • Mass and heat transfer modeling
  • Phase Inversion
  • Phase Field Method
  • Dissipative Particle Dynamics
  • Lattice Monte Carlo

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