Advanced Polymeric and Organic-Inorganic Membranes for Pressure-Driven Processes

Suzana Nunes*, Klaus-Victor Georg Peinemann

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The state of the art of membranes for reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, and gas separation is briefly reviewed, taking into account the most representative examples currently in application. Emphasis is placed also on recent developments of advanced polymeric and organic-inorganic materials for pressure-driven processes. Many of the more recent membranes are not only polymeric but contain an inorganic phase as well. Tailoring innovative materials with organic and inorganic phases coexisting in a nanoscale with multifunctionalization is an appealing approach to control at the same time diffusivity and gas solubility. Other advanced materials which are now being considered for membrane development are organic or organic-inorganic self-assemblies, metal-organic frameworks, and different forms of carbon fillers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBasic Aspects of Membrane Science and Engineering
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780080932507
ISBN (Print)9780444532046
StatePublished - Jul 9 2010


  • Block copolymers
  • CO separation
  • Carbon molecular sieve
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Gas separation
  • Membrane materials
  • Mixed-matrix membranes
  • Nanocomposites
  • Nanofiltration
  • Organic-inorganic
  • Responsive membranes
  • Reverse osmosis
  • Self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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