Project Details

Description

Membranes offer exciting opportunities for more efficient, lower energy, more sustainable separations and even entirely new process options - and so are a valuable tool in an energy constrained world. However, high performance polymeric, inorganic and ceramic membranes all suffer from problems with decay in performance over time, through either membrane ageing (membrane material relaxation) and/or fouling (foreign material build-up in and/or on the membrane), and this seriously limits their impact. Our vision is to create membranes which do not suffer from ageing or fouling, and for which separation functionality is therefore maintained over time. We will achieve this through a combination of the synthesis of new membrane materials and fabrication of novel membrane composites (polymeric, ceramic and hybrids), supported by new characterisation techniques. Our ambition is to change the way the global membrane community perceives performance. Through the demonstration of membranes with immortal performance, we seek to shift attention away from a race to achieve ever higher initial permeability, to creation of membranes with long-term stable performance which are successful in industrial application.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date1/04/1530/09/20

Funding

  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

RCUK Research Areas

  • Separation Processes
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials processing
  • Materials sciences
  • Manufacturing Enterprise Operations and Management
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Materials Processing

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  • Research Output

    • 8 Article
    • 1 Literature review
    • 1 Review article

    High flux thin-film nanocomposites with embedded boron nitride nanotubes for nanofiltration

    Casanova, S., Liu, T. Y., Chew, J., Livingston, A. G. & Mattia, D., 1 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Membrane Science. 597, 117749.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    3D printed composite membranes with enhanced anti-fouling behaviour

    Al-Shimmery, A., Mazinani, S., Ji, J., Chew, Y. M. J. & Mattia, D., 15 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Membrane Science. 574, p. 76-85 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    12 Citations (Scopus)
    8 Downloads (Pure)

    3D Printed Fouling-resistant Composite Membranes

    Mazinani, S., Al-Shimmery, A., Chew, Y-M. & Mattia, D., 24 Jul 2019, In : ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 11, 29, p. 26373-26383 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    3 Citations (Scopus)