About this Research Topic
This Research Topic focuses on the design of novel membrane materials for molecular transport. Emphasis will be put on the application of membrane materials in the development of environmentally friendly technologies and processes for industrial separation and purification of small molecules.
Membrane separation technology has demonstrated potential applications in the separation of molecules with the development of novel membrane materials. Advanced membrane materials that enable fast and selective transport of small molecules have attracted enormous interest due to their efficiency for energy and environment related applications. Tailored design of membrane materials could provide membrane-based specific separation for target molecules. This technique allows for the formation of tailor-made recognition sites. Therefore, membrane technology will be a promising method in the separation of small molecules.
A better integration of the fundamental knowledge about membrane materials and technology from the last decades will provide guidelines for the development of improved membranes with tailored and stable selectivities for diverse separations. These properties must be combined with a high membrane permeability. Therefore, advanced preparation methods and a much more detailed structural characterization will be necessary in order to be able to rationally design permselective membrane materials. The main problem in membrane preparation is to optimize membrane transport properties. The most promising routes are innovative strategies based on novel materials. As a result, much effort has been directed to modify the structure and chemistry of membranes and develop new membrane systems with enhanced permeability and selectivity.
The Research Topic welcomes contributions dealing with the development of novel membrane materials for the separation of small molecules. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Development of novel molecularly imprinted membranes by tuning molecularly imprinted polymers or nanofillers.
• Design of membranes by the innovative strategies based on novel materials, e.g. polymer blends, block copolymers, intrinsic microporous polymer, inorganic membranes or inorganic/organic composites, etc.
• Design of highly efficient membrane materials for separation of small molecules, including gas molecules, natural products, organic solvents, water treatment, etc.
Keywords: membrane, material, small molecule, transport, separation
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