Current Trends and Future Developments on (Bio-) Membranes - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444638663, 9780444638670

Current Trends and Future Developments on (Bio-) Membranes

1st Edition

Silica Membranes: Preparation, Modelling, Application, and Commercialization

Editors: Angelo Basile Kamran Ghasemzadeh
eBook ISBN: 9780444638670
Paperback ISBN: 9780444638663
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 12th August 2017
Page Count: 378
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Current Trends and Future Developments on (Bio-) Membranes: Silica Membranes: Preparation, Modelling, Application, and Commercialization discusses one of the most promising inorganic membranes, namely silica membranes, and their different applications.

In the field of membrane separation technology, silica membranes play a key role in the future of the chemical industry as one of the most promising alternatives for separations at high temperatures and aggressive media.

This book details the latest research findings, along with the potential industrial applications of an area that has seen growing research activity on various type of membranes due to the necessity of gas separation and water treatment processes. Many industrial companies and academic centers will find immense interest in learning about the best strategies for carrying out these processes.

Key Features

  • Reviews available methods for the characterization, preparation, and applications of silica membranes
  • Includes new and emerging modeling methods
  • Discusses silica membrane applications for hydrogen production and applications in CO2 capturing, water treatment, and pervaporation


Membrane scientists involved in membrane preparation for various applications, chemical engineers and material scientists, undergraduate and particularly graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and professors. Membrane fabrication companies

Table of Contents

Introduction: Inorganic membranes roles in the industrial applications

Part A: Silica membrane preparation
1. Preparation of silica membranes by sol gel method
2. Preparation of silica membranes by CVD method
3. Preparation of silica membranes by CVI method

Part B: Theory analysis of silica membranes
4. Separation theory of silica membranes
5. Molecular dynamic (MD) simulation of silica membranes
6. Modeling of silica membranes

Part C: Application of silica membranes
7. Silica membranes application for water treatment
8. Silica membrane application for desalination process
9. Silica membrane application for pervaporation process
10. Silica membranes application for hydrogen separation
11. Silica membranes application for carbon dioxide separation
12. Silica membrane reactor

Part D: Challenges on commercializing the silica membranes
13. Hydrothermal improvement of silica membranes
14. Polarization in silica membranes
15. Silica membranes sealing in high temperatures


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About the Editor

Angelo Basile

Angelo Basile, a Chemical Engineer, is a senior Researcher at the ITM-CNR where he is responsible for research related to both the ultra-pure hydrogen production and CO2 capture using Pd-based Membrane Reactors. As of 2014, he also holds a full professor of Chemical Engineering Processes. Professor Basile’s h-index is 42, with 258 document results, cited by 2279 documents and 4478 total citations in the subject area: Energy, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Engineering ( – Feb. 15, 2018). He has 140 scientific papers in peer to peer journals and 230 papers in international congresses; editor/author of more than 40 scientific books and 100 chapters on international books on membrane science and technology; 6 Italian patents, 2 European patents and 5 worldwide patents. He is referee of 116 int. scientific journals and Member of the Editorial Board of 22 of them. Professor Basile is also Editor associate of the Int. J. Hydrogen Energy and of the Asia-Pacific J. Chem. Eng., moreover Editor-in.-chief of the Int. J. Membrane Science & Technol. and Editor-in-chief of Membrane Processes (Applications), a section of the international journal Membranes. Professor Basile also prepared 25 special issues on membrane science and technology for many international journals (IJHE, Chem Eng. J., Cat. Today, etc.). He participated to and was/is responsible of many national and international projects on membrane reactors and membrane science. Professor Basile served as Director of the ITM-CNR during the period Dec. 2008 – May 2009. In the last years, he was tutor of 30 Thesis for master and Ph.D. students at the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Calabria (Italy).

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Researcher, Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM), Italian National Research Council (CNR), University of Calabria, Rende, Italy

Kamran Ghasemzadeh

Dr. Kamran Ghasemzadeh is working as an Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering Department, Urmia university of Technology (Urmia, Iran). He received his PhD degree in Sahand University of Technology (Tabriz, Iran) and he worked as researcher in Nano material research center (NMRC) for several years. Also, he has research cooperation with ITM-CNR (Italy) about hydrogen production using inorganic MR (Pd-based MR and silica MR) for several years. He has made some important contributions to the materials and devices for sustainable clean energy by inorganic membrane reactors, pure hydrogen production, natural gas conversion, Gas separation by membrane, inorganic membrane synthesis such silica membrane synthesis, modeling of membrane reactor performance and separation processes, etc. He totally published >40 papers, specially >10 research papers about silica membrane/membrane reactor, filed >5 patents. Moreover, he has published around 10 chapters on international books on membrane science and technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, Urmia university of Technology, Urmia, Iran

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