Membrane Distillation

Membrane Distillation

Principles and Applications

1st Edition - August 12, 2011

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  • Authors: Mohamed Khayet Souhaimi, T. Matsuura
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444638434
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080932224

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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.

Key Features

  • A comprehensive review on the development of MD membranes, MD modules, MD membrane characterization, MD configurations, applications in different areas and theoretical models
  • Introduction to the terminology and fundamental concepts associated with MD as well as an historical review of MD development
  • Description of commercial membranes used in MD as well as laboratory-made membranes, including emerging membranes


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.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication



    Author Biographies

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Membrane Distillation

    Chapter 2. Membranes Used in MD and Design

    Chapter 3. Formation of Flat Sheet Phase Inversion MD Membranes

    Chapter 4. Formation of Hollow Fibre MD Membranes

    Chapter 5. Thermally Induced Phase Separation for MD Membrane Formation

    Chapter 6. Membrane Modification for MD Membrane Formation

    Chapter 7. Formation of Nano-Fibre MD Membranes

    Chapter 8. MD Membrane Characterization

    Chapter 9. MD Membrane Modules

    Chapter 10. Direct Contact Membrane Distillation

    Chapter 11. Sweeping Gas Membrane Distillation

    Chapter 12. Vacuum Membrane Distillation

    Chapter 13. Air Gap Membrane Distillation

    Chapter 14. Membrane Distillation Hybrid Systems

    Chapter 15. Economics, Energy Analysis and Costs Evaluation in MD

    Chapter 16. Future Directions in Membrane Distillation


Product details

  • No. of pages: 492
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2011
  • Published: August 12, 2011
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444638434
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080932224

About the Authors

Mohamed Khayet Souhaimi

Professor Mohamed Khayett is a world leading expert on membrane science and technology (membrane design and fabrication, membrane processes, emerging technologies), renewable energy applications (solar thermal and photovoltaic energy), nanocomposites, nanofibres and nanofluids among others. He is a co-editor of Journal Desalination.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Structure of Matter, Thermal Physics and Electronics, Faculty of Physics, University Complutense of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

T. Matsuura

Professor Takeshi Matsuura is a senior academic with a career spanning more than 50 years and has held several distinguished posts in many countries including the USA, Canada, Japan, Germany and Singapore. Most recently he joined the University of Ottawa (1992) as the British Gas/NSERC Industrial Research Chair. He served as professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering and the director of the Industrial Membrane Research Institute (IMRI) until he retired in 2002 and was appointed as professor emeritus in 2003. He received the Research Award of International Desalination and Environmental Association in 1983. He is a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and a member of the North American Membrane Society. He has delivered plethora of invited lectures and presentations to many of the world’s foremost scientific events and conferences. He has published over 400 papers in refereed journals, authored and co-authored 6 books and edited 8 books. A special symposium was held at the Eighth Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society to honour Prof. Matsuura (together with Dr. S. Sourirajan) for life-long contributions to membrane research and a similarly the International Conference on Membrane Science and Technology 2013 was held in his honour. In addition, he has received the George S. Glinski Award for Excellence in Research and the occasion of his 75th birthday was marked with a special edition of the journal Desalination.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Canada

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