Special Issue "Solar-assisted Membrane Distillation"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Chii-Dong Ho
Guest Editor
Energy and Opto-Electronic Materials Research Center, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Tamkang University, Tamsui 25137, Taiwan
Interests: solar-assisted membrane distillation; membrane separation processes; heat and mass exchanger designs

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Different membrane desalination (MD) processes under thermal-based and pressure-driven methods have been implemented using solar energy resources with a corrosion-free heat exchanger. Solar collectors and PV panels are mature technologies which could be coupled to MD processes. The combination of solar thermal and PV energy (or thermal/PV hybrid) with MD has proven technically feasible and widely recognized in saline water desalination. Technological assessments such as small or large equipment units, energy consumption, and fouling problems have been examined in the nexus of technical feasibility and economic benefits with the aim to create integrated systems of a solar-assisted thermal-driven transport of vapor through a porous hydrophobic membrane. The advances and prospects of using emerging membrane desalination modules on device performance are discussed. This Special Issue of Membranes on “Solar-Assisted Membrane Distillation” is dedicated to providing a forum of comprehensive coverage on the state-of-the-art and study of advanced applications in MD with solar energy resources and delivering suitable large-scale design MD processes in various industrial applications. Both original research articles and reviews are welcomed. All invited submissions for the Special Issue will go through the normal peer-review process.

Prof. Dr. Chii-Dong Ho
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • membrane separation
  • porous hydrophobic membrane
  • solar-assisted desalination
  • saline water desalination
  • device performance

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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