Externally Tuneable Separations for Membrane Reactors

Project: EU Commission

Project Details


We are developing an all new type of reactor for pharmaceutical and chemical process applications – the ‘tuneable membrane reactor’. These contain ground-breaking conducting polymer composite membranes that will allow in-situ tuning of the molecular selectivity for both neutral and charged species through them. This is revolutionary: current state-of-the-art membranes can be electrically tuned for charged species only. The project is timely, developing a new technology that can give the EU a competitive advantage for our declining pharmaceutical and (petro) chemical manufacturing base and builds on our recent research innovations.

Layman's description

The developed membrane can be tuned to control their pore size using electrical potential and hence separation of different size molecules. Later, these membranes will be used in membrane based reactors and will allow a unique control over reaction productivity and selectivity.
Short title789 823,77
Effective start/end date1/08/1528/02/18


  • Tuneable separation
  • Tunemem
  • resposive membranes