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Special Issue "New Horizons in Membrane Science: from Preparation to Application"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Macromolecular Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Francesco Galiano
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Institute on Membrane Technology, National esearch Council, ITM-CNR, via P. Bucci, 17/C, 87036 Rende (Cosenza), Italy
Interests: polymeric membranes; hollow-fibers; membrane preparation; bio-polymeric membranes; membrane characterization; pervaporation; antifouling coatings; self-cleaning membranes; ultra-micro filtration; sustainable membrane preparation
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Dr. Sergio Santoro
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Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Calabria, 87036 Rende (CS), Italy
Interests: polymeric membranes; mixed-matrix membranes; nanotechnologies; thermoplasmonics; molecular probes; active coatings; electrospinning; desalination; solar-driven membrane distillation; gradient salinity energy; zero liquid discharge; circular economy
Dr. Alberto Figoli
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The field of membrane science is in a state of rapid growth and development. Many different breakthroughs in recent decades have been accomplished towards improving the separation properties of existing membrane materials and in proposing new processes, such as energy conversion processes and specialized biomedical diagnostics based on membranes. Each application requires membranes with well-defined properties and characteristics, providing high separation performance and working with a low energy consumption. In this context, different approaches have already been envisaged based on the use of new membrane materials and innovative production methods. Among others, the newly available nanomaterials, the development of tailored block copolymers, and the recent use of 1D, 2D, or 3D materials, together with recent fabrication procedures, play a crucial role in the production of membranes with continuously improving performance. Membranes with improved stability, selectivity, and permeability, specifically tailored for a determined application, are highly desired. Currently, the innovation in membrane preparation is also subject to an increasing environmental awareness oriented toward the replacement of hazardous solvents used in membrane fabrication with benign alternatives, and to the use of new renewable materials.

In this Special Issue, researchers are invited to contribute original research papers as well as review articles related to the preparation, characterization, and application of polymeric, mixed-matrix, and inorganic membranes, in both flat and hollow-fiber configuration, that display new and promising properties. We are particularly interested in articles focusing on innovative aspects in the preparation and application of membranes with tailored and unique features. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel materials in membrane preparation;
  • New approaches in membrane preparation;
  • Sustainability in membrane preparation;
  • New areas of application of membranes.

Dr. Francesco Galiano
Dr. Sergio Santoro
Dr. Alberto Figoli
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at 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. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Polymeric membranes
  • Inorganic membranes
  • Mixed-matrix membranes
  • Membrane preparation
  • Membrane characterization
  • Hollow fibers
  • Separation mechanism
  • Sustainable solvents in membrane preparation
  • Biopolymers
  • Renewable materials membrane preparation

Published Papers

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