Editor: M.G. Buonomenna

Advanced Materials for Membrane Preparation

eBook: US $129 Special Offer (PDF + Printed Copy): US $219
Printed Copy: US $155
Library License: US $516
ISBN: 978-1-60805-505-0 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-60805-308-7 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2012
DOI: 10.2174/97816080530871120101

Introduction

The need to reduce pollution and the waste of energy and resources imposes a wider diffusion of environmentally friendly membrane systems. The expanding domain of membrane operations demands tailored materials with unprecedented performances and resistance to temperature, chemicals and solvents, at affordable costs. Today, new polymeric, inorganic and hybrid materials are specifically engineered for the preparation of advanced membranes for industrial applications.

This e-book gives readers an overview of the state-of-the-art materials science of synthetic membranes. Membranes for natural gas treatment, separation of organics, fuel cells, high and low temperature catalytic membrane reactors are some of the subjects covered by this volume.

This e-book will be of interest to specialists in membrane science and technology, as well as for graduate students and researchers in chemical engineering, chemistry and materials science, both in the industry and in the academy.

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Foreword

The urgent need to reduce not only pollution, but energy use and energy waste is leading to an increasingly wider diffusion of environmentally friendly membrane systems. With the introduction of membrane operations for new demanding applications comes the need of developing tailored membrane materials with unprecedented performances and resistance to temperature, chemicals and solvents, at an affordable cost. Today, it is common practice to specifically engineer and tailor-make new polymeric, inorganic and hybrid membranes which meet the requirements of a given industrial application. It is trivial but new materials with improved properties are required to override some limitations in applications. Especially in membrane science novel substances may open up the possibility to improve the membrane stability, quality, and precision, therefore, adding more chances for a largely improved process control and so attaining the goal fast. However, even with excellent new materials, some questions have to be solved: How to engineer a membrane material and make real membranes for real applications? What is the state of the art of the materials sciences research behind such membrane engineering? What are the perspectives of the materials science of synthetic membranes? This book is written with these questions in mind. How membranes are employed in natural gas treatment, for the separation of organics, incorporated into fuel cells, and high- and low-temperature catalytic membrane reactors are just some of the topics covered within this volume.

The e-Book edited by Dr. M. Giovanna Buonomenna and Dr. Giovanni Golemme is of interest for not only specialists in membrane science and technology but also graduate students and researchers in chemical engineering, chemistry and materials science since Advanced Materials for Membrane Preparation links academic knowledge to both research know-how and the avant-garde industrial application of advanced membrane materials.

Detlev Fritsch
Fraunhofer-Institutfür Angewandte Polymerforschung
Postfach
Potsdam, Germany


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