Biomimetic membranes

A critical review of recent progress

A. Giwa, S. W. Hasan, A. Yousuf, S. Chakraborty, D. J. Johnson, Nidal Hilal

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    Abstract

    A membrane material that can concurrently provide commercially acceptable levels of water permeability, high salt rejection, and of sufficient stability to withstand mechanical and chemical stresses seems to be necessary to guarantee the energy and environmental sustainability of desalination systems and other membrane separation processes. Recent developments in desalination have shown that bio-inspired membranes are moving steadily in this direction. Sustainable desalination via aquaporin-based bio-inspired membranes is elucidated in this paper in terms of recent commercialization exploitation and progress towards real operations. Current large-scale applications, viable opportunities, remaining challenges and sustainability of operations, in terms of comparison with established technologies, are discussed in this paper. The major drawback of aquaporin-based membranes, which has been highlighted repeatedly in recent studies, is the stability of the membranes during real operations. This review is focused on recent solutions provided by scientists towards the mitigation of these problems and commercialization of aquaporin-based membranes.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)403-424
    Number of pages22
    JournalDesalination
    Volume420
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

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    Biomimetics
    membrane
    Membranes
    Aquaporins
    Desalination
    desalination
    commercialization
    Sustainable development
    sustainability
    mitigation
    Salts
    permeability
    salt
    Water
    energy

    Keywords

    • Aquaporins
    • Bio-inspired membranes
    • Commercialization
    • Separation processes
    • Sustainable desalination

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemistry(all)
    • Chemical Engineering(all)
    • Materials Science(all)
    • Water Science and Technology
    • Mechanical Engineering

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    Giwa, A., Hasan, S. W., Yousuf, A., Chakraborty, S., Johnson, D. J., & Hilal, N. (2017). Biomimetic membranes: A critical review of recent progress. Desalination, 420, 403-424. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2017.06.025

    Biomimetic membranes : A critical review of recent progress. / Giwa, A.; Hasan, S. W.; Yousuf, A.; Chakraborty, S.; Johnson, D. J.; Hilal, Nidal.

    In: Desalination, Vol. 420, 01.01.2017, p. 403-424.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Giwa, A, Hasan, SW, Yousuf, A, Chakraborty, S, Johnson, DJ & Hilal, N 2017, 'Biomimetic membranes: A critical review of recent progress', Desalination, vol. 420, pp. 403-424. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2017.06.025
    Giwa A, Hasan SW, Yousuf A, Chakraborty S, Johnson DJ, Hilal N. Biomimetic membranes: A critical review of recent progress. Desalination. 2017 Jan 1;420:403-424. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2017.06.025
    Giwa, A. ; Hasan, S. W. ; Yousuf, A. ; Chakraborty, S. ; Johnson, D. J. ; Hilal, Nidal. / Biomimetic membranes : A critical review of recent progress. In: Desalination. 2017 ; Vol. 420. pp. 403-424.
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