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Advanced Membrane Science and Technology for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Applications

Membrane materials allow for the selective separation of gas and vapour and for ion transport. Materials research and development continues to drive improvements in the design, manufacture and integration of membrane technologies as critical components in both sustainable energy and clean industry applications. Membrane utilisation offers process simplification and intensification in industry, providing low-cost, and efficient and reliable operation, and contributing towards emissions reductions and energy security. Advanced membrane science and technology for sustainable energy and environmental applications presents a comprehensive review of membrane utilisation and integration within energy and environmental industries.

Part one introduces the topic of membrane science and engineering, from the fundamentals of membrane processes and separation to membrane characterization and economic analysis. Part two focuses on membrane utilisation for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture in coal and gas power plants, including pre- and post-combustion and oxygen transport technologies. Part three reviews membranes for the petrochemical industry, with chapters covering hydrocarbon fuel, natural gas and synthesis gas processing, as well as advanced biofuels production. Part four covers membranes for alternative energy applications and energy storage, such as membrane technology for redox and lithium batteries, fuel cells and hydrogen production. Finally, part five discusses membranes utilisation in industrial and environmental applications, including microfiltration, ultrafiltration, and forward osmosis, as well as water, wastewater and nuclear power applications.

With its distinguished editors and team of expert contributors, Advanced membrane science and technology for sustainable energy and environmental applications is an essential reference for membrane and materials engineers and manufacturers, as well as researchers and academics interested in this field.

Hardbound, 848 Pages

Published: August 2011

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84569-969-7


  • Part 1 Introduction to membrane science and engineering: Fundamental membrane processes, science and engineering; Fundamental science of gas and vapour separation in polymeric membranes; Characterisation of membranes for energy and environmental applications; Economic analysis of membrane use in industrial applications. Part 2 Membranes for coal and gas power plants: Carbon dioxide (CO2) capture, synthesis gas processing and oxygen (O2) transport: Membrane technology for CO2 capture in power plants; Polymeric membranes for post-combustion CO2 capture; Inorganic membranes for pre-combustion CO2 capture; Inorganic membranes for synthesis gas processing; O2 transport membranes: Dense ceramic membranes for power plant applications. Part 3 Membranes for the petrochemical industry: Hydrocarbon fuel and natural gas processing, and advanced biofuels production: Membranes for hydrocarbon fuel processing and separation; Polymeric membranes for natural gas processing; Membranes for advanced biofuels production. Part 4 Membranes for alternative energy applications: Batteries, fuel cells and hydrogen (H2) production: Ion exchange membranes for vanadium redox flow batteries; Membranes for lithium batteries; Proton exchange membranes for fuel cells; Functional ceramic hollow fibre membranes for catalytic membrane reactors and solid oxide fuel cells; Proton conducting ceramic membranes for solid oxide fuel cells and H2 processing; Membrane electrolysers for H2 production; Biomimetic membrane reactors for H2 production. Part 5 Membranes for industrial, environmental and nuclear applications: Membranes for industrial microfiltration and ultrafiltration; Membranes for forward osmosis in industrial applications; Degradation of polymeric membranes in water and wastewater treatment; Membranes for photocatalysis in water and wastewater treatment; Membranes for nuclear power applications.


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