Membrane Distillation

Principles and Applications


  • Mohamed Khayet Souhaimi, Department of Applied Physics I, Faculty of Physics, University Complutense of Madrid, Spain
  • T. Matsuura, Industrial Membrane Research Laboratory, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada

Modern membrane engineering is critical to the development of process-intensification strategies and to the stimulation of industrial growth. Membrane Distillation (MD) is a broad reference that covers specific information on membranes available and methods for MD membrane preparation and characterization. The book offers an introduction to the terminology and fundamental concepts as well as a historical review of MD development. Commercial membranes used in MD as well as laboratory-made membranes, including emerging membranes, are described in detail and illustrated by a number of clear and instructive schematic drawings and images.
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Chemical engineers, applied physicists, polymer chemists, materials scientists, environmental scientists and engineers, civil engineers, as well as researchers in fields such as desalination, wastewater treatment, food processing etc.


Book information

  • Published: August 2011
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-53126-1

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Membrane Distillation
2. Membranes used in MD and design
3. Formation of flat sheet phase inversion MD membranes
4. Formation of hollow fibre MD membranes
5. Thermally induced phase separation for MD membrane formation
6. Membrane modification for MD membrane formation
7. Formation of nano-fibre MD membranes
8. MD membrane characterization
9. MD membrane modules
10. Direct contact membrane distillation
11. Sweeping gas membrane distillation
12. Vacuum membrane distillation
13. Air gap membrane distillation
14. Membrane distillation hybrid systems
15. Economics, energy analysis and costs
17. Future directions in membrane distillation