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Nano-Enhanced and Nanostructured Polymer-Based Membranes for Energy Applications - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081019856

Nano-Enhanced and Nanostructured Polymer-Based Membranes for Energy Applications

1st Edition

Author: Maria Giovanna Buonomenna
Paperback ISBN: 9780081019856
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st April 2021
Page Count: 400
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Table of Contents



CHAPTER 2. Membranes for blue energy conversion by Pressure Retarded Osmosis
CHAPTER 3.  Membranes for blue energy conversion by Reverse Electrodialysis
CHAPTER 4. Membranes for high temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cell (HT-PEMFC)
CHAPTER 5. Membranes for H2 purification. CO2 permeable membranes
CHAPTER 6. Membranes for H2 purification. H2 permeable membranes
CHAPTER 6. Membranes for H2 purification. H2 permeable membranes
CHAPTER 7. Membranes for CH4/CO2 separation


CHAPTER 8. Membranes for flow batteries: overview and advances
CHAPTER 9. Smart membranes for high stable and anti-self-discharge  Lithium-Sulfur batteries


CHAPTER 10. Membranes for the treatment of pharmaceutical industry waste-water
CHAPTER 11. Membranes for the treatment of water associated with oil and gas production
CHAPTER 12. Beyond the state-of-the-art desalination polymer-based membranes: graphene-based membranes
CHAPTER 13. Beyond the state-of-the-art desalination polymer-based membranes: biomimetic membrane


There is a growing need for better membranes in several emerging application fields especially those related to energy conversion and storage as well as to water treatment and recycling. Processability, is an important functional property, often ignored, especially in the early discovery phase for new materials, but it should be one of the most important properties, that needs to be considered in the development of better membrane materials. Useful membrane materials have to be capable of being formed into thin membranes, in particular for membrane gas separation, water treatment and desalination, and then packaged, into large area membrane modules. All gas separation membranes that are in current commercial use are based on polymers, which are solution-processable. This book intends to deal with composite, in most cases hybrid polymer-based membranes for three separate application fields: energy conversion, energy storage and water treatment and recovery. Each chapter will explain clearly the various membrane processes then go on to discuss in detail the corresponding advanced membranes used. The logic that lies behind this is that you have to understand the process in order to develop new high performance membranes. By taking this approach, the author aims to overcome the disconnection that currently exists between membrane materials scientists and industrial process engineers. Currently, as reported in the paragraph below on COMPETITION, there are no similar books that deal with these three hot topics from the point-of-view of real applications.

Key Features

  • Discusses interdisciplinary content by a single author, approaching synthesis and development of materials from the perspective of their processability
  • Describes the novel aspects of membrane science that is related to energy storage, conversion and wastewater treatment
  • Presents an emphasis on scientific results which have an impact on real applications in terms of renewable and clean energy challenges


Renewable and environmentally-friendly clean energy professionals and consultants, materials scientists, Ph.D and under-graduate students on materials science courses


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About the Author

Maria Giovanna Buonomenna

Maria Giovanna Buonomenna was born in 1975, and obtained her degree in Chemistry from the University of Salerno (Italy) in 1998. In 1999 she was granted a research fellowship for 2 years from the National Research Council (CNR), the largest public research institution in Italy, at IRMERC-CNR c/o the University of Calabria on membrane processes and operations. She obtained a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Materials from the University of Calabria in 2005. From 2005 to 2012 she was recipient of several Post-Doctoral Fellowships from CNR and the University of Calabria. In 2014 she obtained the qualification of Associate Professor in Chemistry-Chemical Foundations of Technologies, granted by the Italian Ministry for Instruction, University and Research (MIUR) after a competitive selection at national level. Her main research activities focus on membrane science and engineering, polymer and mixed-matrix membrane preparation, transport phenomena in membranes, and advanced materials for energy storage and conversion. She has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences, and has been a referee for international research agencies and a number of journals, including Energy and Environmental Science, Journal of Membrane Science, Chemical Communications, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, and Polymer. She is currently on the Editorial boards for a number of international peer reviewed journals on materials science and has been an Invited Guest Editor for many special issues of peer reviewed journals on new materials for sustainable applications. Maria Giovanna Buonomenna is author of more than 60 papers on membrane science and technology, published in international journals, 8 chapters in scientific books, 100 publications in congress proceedings and editor of 1 book on advanced membrane materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Fellow, National Research Council (CNR), IRMERC-CNR, Italy