Special Issue "Electromembrane Processes: From Fundamentals to Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 January 2024 | Viewed by 10615
Interests: electrodialysis; ion exchange membranes; bipolar electrodialysis; lithium hydroxide production; electromembrane processes in non-aqueous systems; dialysis; proton-blocking membranes
Nowadays, electromembrane processes are used for in processing of dairy products and juices and in wine conditioning; in new directions of “green chemistry”, e.g., the separation of biomass fermentation products (amino acids, biofuel, monomers for the production of plastics, including biodegradable); in the chemical industry (correction of pH, synthesis of acids and alkali from salts contained in the processing solutions, recycling and concentration of salts); in the medical industry (obtaining of biologically active substances and pharmaceuticals); in analytical chemistry (preliminary concentration of solutions, background suppression in ion chromatography, membrane sensors). These processes include conventional and bipolar electrodialysis, dialysis, and membrane electrolysis as well as hybrid technologies involving the use of reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, and gas separation.
The transfer of ions and water molecules in these processes occurs under the action of several driving forces (concentration gradients, electric potential, and pressure) in multicomponent systems. Usually, this transport is accompanied by chemical reactions in the membrane bulk and at its interfaces. Study of transport process regularities requires a multidisciplinary approach using knowledge of chemistry, material science, physics, hydrodynamics, chemical engineering, and applied mathematics.
The main aim of this Special Issue is to provide readers with new knowledge about the mechanisms of ion and water molecule transport in membrane systems at different spatial scales (from nanometer to millimeter), elucidation of their interaction and the dependence of these mechanisms on the chemical nature of treated matter, the chemical composition and structure of the volume and surface of ion exchange membranes, the possibilities for controlling membrane properties, and processes of H+ and OH− ion generation and ion and water transport in membrane systems as well as to present new trends in the application of electromembrane processes for the treatment of complex solutions from the food, chemical, and hydrometallurgy industries.
For this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Transport characteristics and structure–property relationships in ion exchange membranes;
- The impact of the concentration polarization phenomenon on electromembrane systems and process performance (including pH shifts, chemical transformations in the treated solution, scaling);
- The behavior of ion exchange membranes and membrane modules in various processes (dialysis, electrodialysis, electrolysis, capacitive deionization, fuel cells, microfluidic devices, bioreactors, potentiometric sensors, etc.);
- Ion exchange membrane fouling and scaling and ways to counter these phenomena;
- New areas for the application of ion exchange membranes.
Dr. Stanislav S. Melnikov
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- bipolar electrodialysis
- ion exchange membranes
- mathematical modeling
- concentration polarization
- electromembrane synthesis
- electromembrane process