Special Issue "Polymeric Nanofiber Membranes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020).
Interests: nanofibers; polymeric membrane; IPN; artificial muscle
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Interests: Electrospinning, Sseparation/Purification, SERS, Metal nanoparticles and their organic catalytic properties, Biocompatible hybrid nanomaterials, Polymer-inorganic nanocomposites for DDS
Interests: Polymer electrolyte fuel cells, Salined water/water electrolysis, Backsheet of solar cell, Water purification membranes, Forward osmosis membrane, Membrane for Energy Application
Interests: electrospinning; nanofiber; membrane distillation/condenser; desalination; water treatment; membrane separation processes; water–air–energy; membrane synthesis and characterization; fouling; mixed matrix/nanocomposite membranes
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Membrane systems are used on a large scale to produce drinking water from the sea water and to clean industrial effluents by reverse osmosis, to recover valuable constituents by electrodialysis, to separate alcohol from alcohol–water mixtures by pervaporation, to remove toxins from the blood stream in an artificial kidney by diffusion dialysis, and in emission-free automobiles using fuel cells. However, polymeric membrane can be prepared, generally, via two methods, phase inversion and electrospinning techniques. The phase inversion technique is a conventional but commercially preparation membrane. However, the electrospinning technique is a relatively new preparation method for MF or UF membranes. It has been introduced to make a nonwoven nanofibrous mat or nanofibrous membrane. In this technique, electrostatic charge is introduced to the solution jet, causing a thin fiber with a high surface area; hence, it can be used in applications where high surface area-to-volume or length-to-diameter ratios are required. Moreover, the pore size can be controlled easily by controlling the time of electrospinning. Hence, it can be used as a filter for filtering microparticles as well as nanoparticles. Adding to that, nanofibers with inorganic material can be produced for additional functional properties, such as nanosilver for antibacterial function, CNT for antistatic function, TiO2 for high mechanical strength, grephene oxide for antifouling property, and so on. However, even though the nanofiber mat has many advantages for the water treatment membrane, it has not been used commercially so far because of its extremely low mechanical property and difficulty of mass production. In this Special Issue, nanofiber membranes with various polymers such as PVdF, PAN, Polyamide, Polyester, Polyurethane, and so on will be covered. An important aspect of the Special issue will be preparation using the electrospinning method, characterization in terms of applications, i.e., water treatment and energy applications, functional nanofiber membranes with various nanomaterials, etc. Commercial nanofiber membranes from the industry are particularly welcome.
Prof. Hongsik Byun
Prof. Jun-Hyun Kim
Prof. Chang Hyun Lee
Prof. Leonard Tijing
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- Membrane composites
- Membrane applications
- Membrane fouling
- Modification of membranes
- Nanofiber membrane systems
- Air filter with nanofiber