Special Issue "Ion Exchange Membranes and Technologies for Efficient Recovery of Metals"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 413

Special Issue Editors

Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Calabria (DIAm-UNICAL), Via P. Bucci CUBO 44/A, 87036 Rende, Italy
Interests: ion exhcange membranes; reverse electrodialysis; water electrolysis; hydrogen production; CO2 reduction
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Dr. Wenjuan Zhang
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Guest Editor
Tianjin Key Laboratory of Aquatic Science and Technology, School of Environmental and Municipal Engineering, Tianjin Chengjian University, Tianjin 300384, China
Interests: ion exchange membranes; (reverse) electrodialysis; electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The recovery of metals from different sources such as wastewater and brine is of great importance due to their limited supply and rising demand. Membrane technologies present a promising alternative for the more sustainable and cost-effective recovery of metals. In particular, ion exchange membrane technologies such as electrodialysis (ED) and Donnan dialysis (DD) have the potential for highly selective and energy-efficient metal recovery. This Special Issue aims to gather and disseminate recent findings in the development of ion exchange membranes and the analysis and testing of applications in ED and DD, among others, for the efficient recovery of metals from hypersaline brines and various wastewater resources. 

Dr. Ramato Ashu Tufa
Dr. Wenjuan Zhang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • ion exchange membranes
  • bipolar membranes
  • electrodialysis
  • Donnan dialysis
  • metal recovery
  • circular economy

Published Papers

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