Membrane technology has gained a huge importance in the last 30 years, competing with long established technologies for water desalination, food processing and emerging as an unique solution in medical applications such as artificial kidney. Figuring out the fields to which membranes are already serving as important tools but also to which the membrane technology could add new solutions in the near future, the chemical industry is certainly one of the most interesting. Reason for that is the possibility of recovering valuable products as well as treating effluents and minimizing environmental problems, which are usually claimed to be caused by the chemical industry. Membranes are also now playing a special role in the field of alternative energy, as one of the fundamental parts of a fuel cell. In this sense membrane technology has a potential contribution for a green chemistry.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - 2001|