Membrane Separation Processes

Membrane Separation Processes

Theories, Problems, and Solutions

1st Edition - October 15, 2021

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  • Authors: Ahmad Ismail, Takeshi Matsuura
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128231630
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128196267

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Membrane Separation Processes: Theories, Problems, and Solutions provides graduate and senior undergraduate students and membrane researchers in academia and industry with the fundamental knowledge on the topic by explaining the underlying theory that is indispensable for solving problems that occur in membrane separation processes. All major membrane processes are discussed, and an economic analysis is provided. Separation processes such as RO, UF, MF, RO, PRO and MD are thoroughly discussed. During the last two decades, the scope of the R&D of membrane separation processes has been significantly broadened. Other sections in the book cover membrane contactor and membrane adsorption. In addition, hybrid systems in which two or more membrane systems are combined are now being investigated for large-scale applications.

Key Features

  • Written by renowned experts with extensive experience with industry, education and R&D who have complementary expertise
  • In-depth coverage of the most important conventional and emerging membrane processes
  • Provides fundamental membrane theories for solving problems in separation processes without using complicated software


Graduate and senior undergraduate students in chemical engineering. Membrane researchers at university, in industry and other research institutions

Table of Contents

  • 1. Membrane preparation by phase inversion
    Solubility parameter
    Binodal and spinodal lines

    2. Reverse osmosis
    RO transport models
    Concentration polarization

    3. Nanofiltration
    NF transport models

    4. Ultrafiltration
    Gel model
    Critical flux

    5. Microfiltration
    Pore size distribution, bubble point method
    Brownian motion, inertial lift, shear induced diffusion

    6. Gas separation
    Transport model
    Series model
    Gas separator performance

    7. Mixed matrix membrane
    Prediction of membrane performance

    8. Vapor separation
    Transport model

    9. Pervaporation
    Transport model

    10. Membrane distillation
    Laplace equation
    Heat transfer
    Mass transfer

    11. Membrane contactor
    Evaluation of pore size distribution by gas flow
    Evaluation of liquid boundary layer contribution to mass transfer, Wilson model

    12. Membrane extraction
    Transport model

    13. Membrane adsorption
    Adsorption isotherm and adsorption kinetics
    Modeling for breakthrough curve

    14. Forward osmosis
    Internal concentration polarization

    15. Pressure retarded osmosis
    Transport model

    16. Module calculation
    Module performance simulation

    17. System calculation
    RO system
    Gas separation system
    Hybrid system

    18. Economic analysis
    RO economic analysis

Product details

  • No. of pages: 276
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: October 15, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128231630
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128196267

About the Authors

Ahmad Ismail

A.F. Ismail is a Professor at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), where he runs a membrane technology research group at AMTEC. He has also held the post of Dean of Research for the Materials and Manufacturing Alliance at UTM. Dr. Ismail’s research interests cover membrane formation, membranes for wastewaster treatment and gas separation, and nanofibers and nanostructured materials for energy applications. He has authored or edited 4 books, and published several book chapters. Dr. Ismail has received several awards, including the ASEAN Young Scientist and Technologist Award in 2001 (the first Malaysian to receive this award), the Malaysian Young Scientist Award in 2000, and the Malaysian Intellectual Property Award for the Patent Category, and the Merdeka Award for Scholastic Achievements in 2014. He was also the first Malaysian scientist to twice win the National Innovation Award in Waste to Wealth and Product categories, both in 2009 and 2011. Prof. Dr. Ahmad Fauzi Ismail is the Founder and First Director of Advanced Membrane Technology Research Centre (AMTEC). His research interest are in development of polymeric, inorganic and novel mixed matrix membranes for water desalination, waste water treatment, gas separation processes, membrane for palm oil refining, photocatalytic membrane for removal of emerging contaminants, development of haemodialysis membrane and polymer electrolyte membrane for fuel cell applications. His research has been published in many high impact factor journals. He also actively authored many academic books in this field which published by reputable international publishers. He is the author and co-author of over 600 refereed journals. He has authored 6 books, over 50 book chapters and 4 edited books, 6 Patents granted, 14 Patents pending. His h-index is 66 with cumulative citation of over 19,300. He won more than 150 awards national and internationally. Among the most prestigious award won is the Merdeka Award for the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Category at 4th September 2014, Malaysia’s Rising Star Award 2016 for Frontier Researcher category at 1st November 2016, Malaysia’s Research Star Award 2017 on 5 October 2017, Malaysia’s Research Start Award 2018. Recently, He was appointed as UNESCO Chair on Groundwater Arsenic within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He is the Chairman of Academy of Sciences Malaysia (Southern Region), Fellow of The Academy of Sciences Malaysia, Chartered Engineer in the UK (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE). Ahmad Fauzi also served as the Editorial Board Members of Desalination, Journal of Membrane Water Treatment, Jurnal Teknologi, Journal of Membrane Science and Research, Journal of Membrane and Separation Technology and the Advisory editorial board member of Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. He involved extensively in R&D&C for national and multinational companies related to membrane-based processes for industrial application and currently have two spin off companies. He is the founder of Advanced Membrane Technology Research Centre (AMTEC) and now recognized as Higher Education Centre of Excellence (HICoE). Currently Ahmad Fauzi is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation, UTM.

Affiliations and Expertise

Advanced Membrane Technology Research Center (AMTEC), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.

Takeshi 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

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

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