Membranes for Energy and the Environment

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2024 | Viewed by 119

Special Issue Editors

Electrochemistry of Materials Group and International Associated Laboratory: Ionomer Materials for Energy, Aix Marseille Université, CNRS, Madirel (UMR 7246), Campus St Jérôme, 13013 Marseille, France
Interests: solid state ionics; electrochemical energy technologies; ion-conducting polymers; ionomer membranes; nanostructured materials
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Department of Industrial Engineering International Associated Laboratory “Ionomer Materials for Energy”, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via del Politecnico 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
Interests: development of ionic polymeric conductors; synthesis of organic-inorganic hybrid materials; sol-gel synthesis of nanomaterials; stimuli-responsive polymers; structure-property relationship; nanostructured materials
Prof. Dr. Hongying Hou
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Material Science and Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093, China
Interests: polymer electrolyte membranes; fuel cell

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Membranes are critical components for sustainable energy and the environment, and they hold promise for clean technology applications. They enable the transportation of ions and the selective separation of gases, and they comprise a vast panel of compositions and structures, including inorganic, organic, and hybrid membranes.


In this symposium (, we call for contributions on the synthesis, physical chemistry, properties, function, and performance of membranes, as well as their broad range of applications, including membrane technologies used for water treatment and desalination, separators used for fuel cells, batteries, electrolysers, membrane actuators, or gas separation membranes (including those for hydrogen and CO2.

Metallic and ceramic membranes are mostly used for gas separation, permeation, and high-temperature applications (such as solid oxide fuel cells).

Polymer membranes, especially ionomer membranes, are associated with low- and intermediate-temperature applications, including within the vast fields of water purification and desalination. Ionic membranes are particularly important for applications in energy storage and conversion, including separators used for metal batteries and polymer fuel cells.

This symposium will discuss various topics, from the preparation to the functional application of membranes. Contributions may include various techniques for the synthesis and shaping of membranes, their physicochemical properties and mechanisms, or their functional properties and processes. Studies on the performances of various applications and reports on composition/structure/property/performance relationships are particularly welcome.

Given the growing urgency for environmental and energy solutions, this meeting will cover the latest advances in membrane science, linking fundamental research with practical applications, and will provide an optimal venue for a lively exchange of information.

Potential topics to be covered are as follows:

  • Membrane synthesis;
  • Membrane characterization;
  • The physical chemistry of membranes;
  • Fuel cell and electrolyzer membranes;
  • Battery separators;
  • Membrane actuators;
  • Water purification and desalination membranes;
  • CO2, H2, and other gas separation membranes;
  • Catalytic membranes.

Prof. Dr. Philippe Knauth
Prof. Dr. Maria Luisa Di Vona
Prof. Dr. Hongying Hou
Guest Editors

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