The Thin-Film Composite Membrane: Principles, Productions and Applications

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 108

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Chemical Engineering, Engineering College, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG CEP 31270-901, Brazil
Interests: advanced properties and the application of polymeric membranes

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Department of Exact Sciences and Engineering, University of Caxias do Sul – Francisco Getúlio Vargas St, Caxias do Sul, RS 1130, Brazil
Interests: membrane separation processes (PSM); numerical simulation; effluent treatment; biopolymer production; adsorption; gas separation; whey treatment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of thin-film composite (TFC) membranes has broadened the application of membranes in a wide variety of processes, from liquid to gas separation. This unique morphology, in which a thin layer is deposited over a porous sublayer, has made the increase in membrane fluxes feasible due to the thickness of the top layer combined with the possibility of having high selectivity, since different materials can be used. The phase inversion technique is the basis for preparing such membranes, and it can also be combined with other membrane preparation routes. Although TFC is known as the ideal morphology, the need for high performance membranes is still of the utmost importance. Chemical resistance, antifouling, and mechanical properties are highly dependent on better membrane preparation routes. Thus, the purpose of this Special Issue of Membranes is to present the state-of-the-art of TFC preparation, with a focus on the effect of variables in membrane preparation, how to bind the gap between bench-scale and industrial preparation routes, and on the applications of such separation systems. 

Original research papers, reviews, and communications on TFC principles, production, and applications are welcome. The scope of papers should be (but is not limited to) the effects of process parameters on TFC membranes, simulation of phase separation and/or other methods such as in situ polymerization, new applications of TFC membranes other than desalination, evaluation of large-scale TFC membrane preparation with maintenance of properties, and studies on the recyclability of TFC membranes in special green chemistry applications.

Prof. Dr. Kátia Cecília de Souza Figueiredo
Prof. Dr. Camila Baldasso
Guest Editors

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  • antifouling membranes
  • phase inversion
  • polymerization
  • recyclation of membranes
  • TFC large-scale preparation

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