With a detailed analysis of the mass transport through membrane layers and its effect on different separation processes, this book provides a comprehensive look at the theoretical and practical aspects of membrane transport properties and functions. Basic equations for every membrane are provided to predict the mass transfer rate, the concentration distribution, the convective velocity, the separation efficiency, and the effect of chemical or biochemical reaction taking into account the heterogeneity of the membrane layer to help better understand the mechanisms of the separation processes. The reader will be able to describe membrane separation processes and the membrane reactors as well as choose the most suitable membrane structure for separation and for membrane reactor. Containing detailed discussion of the latest results in transport processes and separation processes, this book is essential for chemistry students and practitioners of chemical engineering and process engineering.

Key Features

  • Detailed survey of the theoretical and practical aspects of every membrane process with specific equations
  • Practical examples discussed in detail with clear steps
  • Will assist in planning and preparation of more efficient membrane structure separation


Chemists, Engineers

Table of Contents

1: On mass transport through membrane layer

2: Molecular diffusion

3: Diffusion through plane membrane layer

4: Diffusion in a cylinder

5: Diffusion accompanied by chemical reaction through plane sheet

6: Diffusive plus convective mass transport through plane membrane layer

7: Transport of fluid phase in capillary membrane

8: Membrane reactor

9: Membrane bioreactor

10: Nanofiltration

11: Pervaporation

12: Membrane contactors


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About the author

Endre Nagy

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Research Institute of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Pannonia, Hungary