Special Issue "Emergent Materials for Membrane Preparation: From Circular Economy to Environmental Sustainability"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Membranes and Films".

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Special Issue Editors

Dr. Francesca Russo
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Institute on Membrane Technology, National Research Council, ITM-CNR, via P. Bucci, 17/C, 87036 Rende, CS, Italy
Interests: polymeric and bio-polymeric membranes preparation; green membrane preparation; green solvents; membrane characterization; flat-sheet and nanofiber membranes; antifouling coatings; ultra-micro water filtration
Dr. Alberto Figoli
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Institute on Membrane Technology, National Research Council, ITM-CNR, via P. Bucci, 17/C, 87036 Rende, CS, Italy
Interests: polymeric membranes; sustainable membrane preparation; bio-polymeric membranes; flat membranes; hollow-fibers; nano fibers; membrane preparation; membrane characterization; pervaporation; antifouling coatings; self-cleaning membranes; ultra-micro filtration
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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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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The actions of the circular economy are geared towards a sustainable future, improving the quality of human life by minimizing the use of hazardous materials and optimizing air and water quality. These challenging objectives can be achieved by putting into effect different strategic and modern technologies. Among them, membrane technology offers several advantages such as a reduced environmental impact, a lower operation cost, and a safe and flexible scaling up. However, membranes’ manufacturing via the traditional phase inversion techniques still requires the use of thermoplastic polymer based on petroleum resources and toxic solvents, often classified as “of very high concern” by the European regulation REACH. The focus of this Special Issue is to highlight the applications of emerging materials for membrane preparation such as polymers derived from biomass, bio-polymers, blends or composites from renewable resources. Examples of innovative membranes can include polymeric membranes from biorefinery concept, preparation of novel membranes from natural biopolymers or biodegradable polymers, such as polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHAs), poly(lactic acid) (PLA), and others, advanced catalytic membranes, new generations of membrane for waste water treatment, air purification, self-cleaning surfaces and other pioneering themes. Moreover, additional topics related to use of non-toxic and environmentally friendly solvents for membranes production will also be included. 

Dr. Francesca Russo
Dr. Alberto Figoli
Dr. Francesco Galiano
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Keywords

  • sustainable membranes
  • bio-polymer membranes
  • new generation of membranes
  • friendly solvent for membrane preparation
  • membrane characterization

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Effect of Graphene Oxide on Liquid Water-Based Waterproofing Bituminous Membranes
Polymers 2022, 14(11), 2221; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14112221 - 30 May 2022
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In this work, innovative graphene oxide–doped waterproofing bituminous membranes, also called roof bituminous membranes, were prepared and characterized in terms of physicochemical and vapor transport properties. The results showed that the introduction of a small amount of GO increased the mechanical resistance of [...] Read more.
In this work, innovative graphene oxide–doped waterproofing bituminous membranes, also called roof bituminous membranes, were prepared and characterized in terms of physicochemical and vapor transport properties. The results showed that the introduction of a small amount of GO increased the mechanical resistance of the doped membranes compared to the native one. Moreover, the addition of the GO leads to a remarkable chemical stability of the membranes when exposed to UV radiation and high temperatures. Furthermore, a decrease in water vapor permeation was observed when GO was present in the membrane matrix compared to native bituminous membranes, demonstrating that an addition of GO can boost the waterproofing properties of these bituminous membranes. Full article
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