Special Issue "Preparation, Characterization and Application of Silica-based Membranes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Shigeyuki Uemiya

Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science, Gifu University, 1-1 Yanagido Gifu 501-1193, Japan
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Interests: hydrogen separation; hydrogen production; membrane reactor; catalyst; palladium membrane; silica membrane; molecular sieve; renewable energy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The guest editor warmly invites you to submit your original work or review article to this Special Issue “Preparation, Characterization and Application of Silica-based Membranes”. In silica-based membranes with amorphous structures, small gas molecules can permeate preferentially through the amorphous network gap, and their application to gas separation such as hydrogen separation has attracted attention. Composite membranes of thin silica layers formed on a porous substrate has been successfully prepared by a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method or a sol-gel method, and, therefore, superior permeance can be observed compared with other ceramic membranes. Recently their pore size can be controlled by the amorphous silica network structure using various interesting techniques, they can be applied to mutual separations of lower hydrocarbon as well as hydrogen separation. 

This Special Issue is devoted to the state-of-the-art and future developments in the field of amorphous silica membranes and silica-organic hybrid membranes. The topics include, but are not limited to, preparation techniques, microstructure control, membranes module, characterization, transport phenomena, hydrogen separation, novel separation such as mutual separation of lower hydrocarbons, and application to membrane reactors.

Prof. Dr. Shigeyuki Uemiya
Guest Editor

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.

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  • Amorphous silica
  • Gas separation
  • Membrane reactor
  • Catalytic membrane
  • Sol-gel
  • CVD
  • Molecular sieve
  • Pore size control
  • Separation mechanism

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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