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Current Trends and Future Developments on (Bio-) Membranes - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128241035

Current Trends and Future Developments on (Bio-) Membranes

1st Edition

Membrane Technologies in Environmental Protection and Public Health- Challenges and Opportunities

Editors: Angelo Basile Mario Gensini Ivo Allegrini Alberto Figoli
Paperback ISBN: 9780128241035
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 4th October 2021
Page Count: 312
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Current Trends and Future Developments on (Bio-) Membranes: Membrane Technologies in Environmental Protection and Public Health- Challenges and Opportunities illustrates the application of membrane technology used in separation processes, along with the advantages of membranes in comparison with other types of separation methods. In addition, the book illustrates new approaches for pollution monitoring and helps researchers develop new membrane systems for air or water pollution monitoring. Sections focus on the application of membrane technology to new membranes, hence it is ideal for R&D managers in industry and a variety of others, including academic researchers and postgraduate students working in strategic treatment, separation and purification processes.

Key Features

  • Includes membrane purification processes relating to environmental applications and membrane-based tools for air monitoring
  • Discusses membrane water potabilization
  • Presents a comprehensive reference on recent applications of membrane technology in environmental monitoring and pollution processes


Academic researchers and postgraduate students, R&D managers in industry interested in the membrane technology and in the problems related to air pollution in urban and industrial environments

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Environmental Pollution: An antrapogenic or a natural issue?
    2. The Environmental Pollution’s influence on Public Health: General Principles
    3. Public Health and Environmental Pollution: some case studies
    4. Environmental monitoring: strengths and challenges
    5. Environmental monitoring and membrane technologies: a possible marriage?
    6. Toxic metal ions removal for potable water: some case studies (arsenic and mercury, etc.)
    7. Some organic compounds in potable water: the PFASs, EDCs and PPCPs issues
    8. Membranes as a tool for organic compounds remediation in potable waters
    9. Membranes for air cleaning
    10. Membrane sensors for pollution problems


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About the Editors

Angelo Basile

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. He also holds a full professor of Chemical Engineering Processes. 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 international scientific journals and member of the Editorial Board for 22 of them. Professor Basile is also associate editor of the international journal Hydrogen Energy and of the Asia-Pacific journal Chemical Engineering, and is Editor-in-chief of the international journal Membrane Science & Technology 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 for many national and international projects on membrane reactors and membrane science, and previously served as Director of the ITM-CNR.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Mario Gensini

Mario Gensini

Mario Gensini graduated in Chemical Engineer at the University of Calabria in 1997 and, after a brief experience as Technical Officer in Italian Army, he has begun to collaborate with the CNR. After some post graduate study grants, he acts as Technologists in the Institute for Membrane Technology of the National Research Council (ITM-CNR), Italy. From 2012 to September 2019, he worked at Institute for Atmospheric Pollution of the National Research Council (IIA-CNR), Italy. He has participated in numerous campaigns of atmospheric monitoring in National and International Projects. His activity is attested by scientific papers, technical papers, books and participations in Congress. His current field of technical interest is on environmental legislation, the possibility of developing new methodologies for low-cost environmental monitoring.

Affiliations and Expertise

ITM-CNR, Uiversity of Calabria, Canada

Ivo Allegrini

Ivo Allegrini

Ivo Allegrini graduated in Chemistry at the University of Rome. He gained a wealth of experience in air pollution in indoor, urban, industrial and remote areas through a series of studies and researches carried out on behalf of universities, research centers, major industries and public administrations in Italy and abroad. Since 1971 he was engaged in scientific research in the Institute for Atmospheric Pollution of the Italian National Research Council where he was appointed as Director for 22 years. He had the opportunity to develop important projects in several aspects of air pollution such as those in polar areas (Arctic and Antarctica), those on environmental sensing with airborne and satellite platforms and on chemical and physical processes related to emissions, transformations and depositions of air pollutants. His activity is attested by about 300 scientific papers, technical papers, books and participations in Congress, as well as from the participation as a lecturer in many courses of higher education. Currently he is a consultant for the Italian Ministry of the Environment for which coordinates a working group for the reduction of pollution in critical areas of Italy. He was active since 2001 in the Sino-Italian cooperation program for Environmental Protection where he developed important projects for 2008 Beijing Olympiads and EXPO 2010 in Shanghai as well as in many other Chinese cities such as Urumqi, Lanzhou and Suzhou. Recently he is supporting environmental R/D in the field of relevant industries such as refineries, cement plants and iron and steel plants. Now he is engaged in assistance programs with the Beijing Municipality Environmental Protection Board in the implementation of the “PM2,5 monitoring project” and he is also General Manager of ENVINT srl dedicated to diffusion sampling for the evaluation of air pollution in indoor and outdoor environments. In addition, he is still very active in high level formation at University of Rome teaching in Chemistry Courses. His current field of technical interest is on environmental legislation, the chemical and physical processes of formation and monitoring of suspended particulate matter and the development of new instrumentation for the monitoring of gaseous species and particulate matter. Prof. Ivo ALLEGRINI is recognized as one of the world's leading experts in air pollution and its environmental impact.

Affiliations and Expertise

General Manager, ENVINT srl, Instituto Sull Inquinamento A, Roma, Italy

Alberto Figoli

Alberto Figoli

Dr. Alberto Figoli obtained his PhD degree at Membrane Technology Group, Twente University (Enschede, The Netherlands) in 2001. He graduated in Food Science and Technology at the Agriculture University of Milan 1996. Since December 2001, he has a permanent position as Researcher at Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM-CNR) in Rende (CS), Italy.

He also had international experience in industrial research labs: about 1 year (1996) at Quest International Nederland B.V. (ICI), Process Research Group, Naarden (The Netherlands) on “Setting of a pilot plant for aromatic compounds extraction using the pervaporation (PV) membrane technology”; Secondment in 2010 and 2011 at GVS, SpA, Bologna, within the EU project “Implementation of Membrane Technology to Industry” (IMETI) on “Preparation and Characterisation of hybrid membranes for VOCs removal”.

He was granted for the “Short Term Mobility Programme” by CNR, in 2004 and 2005, at the “Environmental Protection Agency of United States (USEPA)”, Sustainable Technology Division, Cincinnati (USA) on “Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and aroma removal using a novel asymmetric membrane by pervaporation” nell’ambito dello “Short Term Mobility Programme” funded CNR.

He is responsible and involved in various National and International projects. He is also responsible, within the CNR organisation, for two research lines on membrane preparation and characterisation and on pervaporation (PV) applications.

He is author of more than 60 research papers in peer reviewed journals, several book chapters, a book, two patents and many oral presentations (also as invited lecture) in National and International Conferences and Workshops.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute on Membrane Technology, Italian National Research Council, Italy

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