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Advanced Membrane Science and Technology for Sustainable Environmental Applications

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Our world is facing global challenges, including water shortage, energy crises, and climate change. Membrane separation technology has been considered one of the most promising solutions to these problems, as it has a number of advantages: a small footprint, high efficiency, and relatively low costs. However, ...

Our world is facing global challenges, including water shortage, energy crises, and climate change. Membrane separation technology has been considered one of the most promising solutions to these problems, as it has a number of advantages: a small footprint, high efficiency, and relatively low costs. However, membrane technology still suffers from some limitations, including membrane fouling, permeability-selectivity trade-off, and limited stability at industrial scales. Therefore, it is of great importance to develop advanced membrane science and technology for addressing global environmental challenges.

This Research Topic aims to provide insight into future directions for membrane technologies by introducing some novel and state-of-the-art membrane separation technologies and applications including, but not limited to, membrane distillation (MD), forward osmosis (FO), pervaporation membranes, catalytic membranes, and organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN) membrane materials, as well as processes for environmental applications, such as desalination, water treatment, gas separation, and CO2 capture. Original Research articles, as well as Reviews, are welcome.

Potential themes for this Research Topic include, but are not limited to:

 • Membrane distillation, forward osmosis, pervaporation membranes, and processes for desalination and water treatment
 • Catalytic membranes for environmental pollutant degradation
 • Novel membranes and processes for gas separation, including CO2 capture
 • Fouling mechanisms and antifouling membranes
 • Artificial membrane organs


Keywords: membrane separation, fouling, membrane bioreactor (MBR), water treatment, gas separation


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