Special Issue "Antifouling Special Wettable Membranes for Oil–Water Separation"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375). This special issue belongs to the section "Membrane Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 259

Special Issue Editor

Interdisciplinary Research Center for Membranes and Water Security, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
Interests: superhydrophobic membrane/hydrophilic membranes for wastewater remediation; smart membranes; oil/water separation; antifouling membranes; nanostructured materials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Membrane techniques have been widely employed for water purification and are very effective in separating stabilized oil, emulsions, produced water, and oily wastewater treatment. However, traditional membranes suffer from membrane fouling on surfaces and internal structures, which significantly limits their service time and degrades separation performance in practical operations. Recently, the concept of adopting biomimetic hierarchical roughness in membrane design has aroused great interest, and extensive research has been observed in designing special wettable membranes. The membrane separation efficiency and antifouling behavior can be significantly improved if the surface textured of the membranes is rationally designed according to the emulsion type. Based on bionics, this new generation of membranes has opened a new door to antifouling oil/water separation.

This Special Issue expects scholars or researchers who are interested in oil–water separation technology to use various processes to design and use synthetic polymers, bio-polymers, waste polymers, functionalized nanomaterials,  mixed polymers, and surface-modified polymers to develop advanced antifouling membranes or materials for efficient separation of oil/water mixtures and emulsions. With the help of leading scientists and researchers, this Special Issue would bring possible solutions and advanced membranes which can be used to decontaminate the oily wastewater and provide a possible solution to reuse the oily wastewater. Authors are also encouraged to submit initial research works or review papers.

Dr. Nadeem Baig
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • oil–water separation
  • emulsions
  • oily wastewater
  • produced water
  • polymeric membranes
  • ceramic membranes
  • surface modification

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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