Special Issue "Smart Membranes for Oil/Water Separation"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2018).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Yi (Harvey) Huang
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Institute for Materials & Processes (IMP), School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh, UK.
Tel. +44 (0) 131 650 7793
Interests: novel nanofabrication methods; nanostructured materials; advanced adsorption and membrane separation; drinking water purification, wastewater treatment, and desalination; catalytic bio oil upgrading

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Oil pollution is a serious global issue because of the large amounts of oily wastewater produced by petrochemical and other industries, as well as by frequent off-shore oil-spill accidents. The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) issues guidance addressed at all companies involved in offshore exploration and production where oil may be released into the sea or other water systems. The regulatory limit for the concentration of oil in produced water discharged into the sea is set at a 30 mg/l performance standard (this figure applies as averaged over a monthly period). At any one time, the concentration must not exceed 100 mg/l. Therefore, it is in great demand to develop effective techniques to treat oil-polluted wastewater at such low oil/grease concentrations in order to satisfy the stringent governmental limitations and preserve the environment. Membrane techniques have been widely employed for water purification and are very effective in separating stabilized oil emulsions-especially for removing oil droplets. However, traditional membranes suffer from membrane fouling both on surfaces and in internal structures, which significantly limits their service time and degrades separation performance in practical operations. Recently, the concept of adopting biomimetic hierarchical roughness in membrane design has aroused great interest. This new generation of membranes, based on bionics, has opened a brand-new door to antifouling oil/water separation.

This Special Issue of Membranes attempts to include latest innovations in preparation and characterization of smart membranes and coatings, advanced oil/water separation processes, and modeling of the behavior of smart membranes. We encourage authors, especially those from top laboratories, to submit their latest results. Submissions of high-quality research in membrane scaling-up production/commercialization are also welcomed.

Dr. Yi (Harvey) Huang
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Smart membrane
  • Oily wastewater
  • Emulsion
  • Antifouling
  • Biomimic
  • Superoleophobicity
  • Surface wettability
  • Self-cleaning
  • Surface modification
  • Nanofiltration

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Thin Film Composite Membrane for Oily Waste Water Treatment: Recent Advances and Challenges
Membranes 2018, 8(4), 86; https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes8040086 - 21 Sep 2018
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Oily wastewater discharge from various industry processes and activities have caused dramatic impacts on the human and environment. Treatment of oily wastewater using membrane technology has gained worldwide attention due to its efficiency in removing the amount and concentration of oil and grease [...] Read more.
Oily wastewater discharge from various industry processes and activities have caused dramatic impacts on the human and environment. Treatment of oily wastewater using membrane technology has gained worldwide attention due to its efficiency in removing the amount and concentration of oil and grease as well as other specific pollutants in order to be reused or to fulfill stringent discharge standard. The application of thin film composite (TFC) membrane in reverse osmosis (RO) and forward osmosis (FO) for oily wastewater treatment is an emerging and exciting alternative in this field. This review presents the recent and distinctive development of TFC membranes to address the issues related to oily wastewater treatment. The recent advances in terms of TFC membrane design and separation performance evaluation are reviewed. This article aims to provide useful information and strategies, in both scientific knowledge advancement and practical implementation point of view, for the application TFC membrane for oily wastewater treatment. Full article
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