Special Issue "Designing Energy-Efficient Separation Membranes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 November 2021) | Viewed by 2692

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Dr. Yi (Harvey) Huang
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Institute for Materials & Processes (IMP), School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3FB, UK
Interests: novel nanofabrication methods; nanostructured materials; advanced adsorption and membrane separation; drinking water purification, wastewater treatment, and desalination; catalytic bio oil upgrading
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Dear Colleagues,

Membrane separation has proven to provide an efficient solution to energy and environmental-related challenges due to its low energy consumption, ease of operation, and reduced secondary pollution. The development of membranes with special nanostructures showing outstanding chemical/mechanical properties and superior separation characteristics is crucial for an energy-efficient separation process. In recent years, it has become increasingly popular to identify concepts or strategies in nature for the design of energy-efficient separation membranes. This Special Issue of Membranes attempts to collect the latest innovations in the preparation and characterization of energy-efficient separation membranes, advanced membrane separation processes, and modeling of the behavior of energy-efficient separation membranes. We encourage authors, especially those from leading laboratories and institutes, to submit their latest results. Submissions of high-quality research in the scaling up of energy-efficient membrane production are also welcomed.

Dr. Yi (Harvey) Huang
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • energy-efficient, cost-effective membrane separation
  • ultra-thin membrane
  • nanostructured membrane
  • thin film
  • membrane material
  • membrane fouling
  • wastewater treatment and purification
  • gas separation
  • carbon capture
  • membrane characterization
  • process modelling

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Lithium Harvesting from the Most Abundant Primary and Secondary Sources: A Comparative Study on Conventional and Membrane Technologies
Membranes 2022, 12(4), 373; https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes12040373 - 29 Mar 2022
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The exponential rise in lithium demand over the last decade, as one of the largest sources for energy storage in terms of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), has posed a great threat to the existing lithium supply and demand balance. The current methodologies available for [...] Read more.
The exponential rise in lithium demand over the last decade, as one of the largest sources for energy storage in terms of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), has posed a great threat to the existing lithium supply and demand balance. The current methodologies available for lithium extraction, separation and recovery, both from primary (brines/seawater) and secondary (LIBs) sources, suffer not only at the hands of excessive use of chemicals but complicated, time-consuming and environmentally detrimental design procedures. Researchers across the world are working to review and update the available technologies for lithium harvesting in terms of their economic and feasibility analysis. Following its excessive consumption of sustainable energy resources, its demand has risen sharply and therefore requires urgent attention. In this paper, different available methodologies for lithium extraction and recycling from the most abundant primary and secondary lithium resources have been reviewed and compared. This review also includes the prospects of using membrane technology as a promising replacement for conventional methods. Full article
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Recent Progress in a Membrane-Based Technique for Propylene/Propane Separation
Membranes 2021, 11(5), 310; https://doi.org/10.3390/membranes11050310 - 23 Apr 2021
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The similar physico-chemical properties of propylene and propane molecules have made the separation process of propylene/propane challenging. Membrane separation techniques show substantial prospects in propylene/propane separation due to their low energy consumption and investment costs, and they have been proposed to replace or [...] Read more.
The similar physico-chemical properties of propylene and propane molecules have made the separation process of propylene/propane challenging. Membrane separation techniques show substantial prospects in propylene/propane separation due to their low energy consumption and investment costs, and they have been proposed to replace or to be combined with the conventional cryogenic distillation process. Over the past decade, organosilica membranes have attracted considerable attention due to their significant features, such as their good molecular sieving properties and high hydrothermal stability. In the present review, holistic insight is provided to summarize the recent progress in propylene/propane separation using polymeric, inorganic, and hybrid membranes, and a particular inspection of organosilica membranes is conducted. The importance of the pore subnano-environment of organosilica membranes is highlighted, and future directions and perspectives for propylene/propane separation are also provided. Full article
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