Synthetic Polymeric Membranes for Advanced Water Treatment, Gas Separation, and Energy Sustainability
Synthetic Polymeric Membranes for Advanced Water Treatment, Gas Separation, and Energy Sustainability is a cutting-edge guide to the preparation of synthetic polymer-based membranes with enhanced properties, for specific advanced applications in environment and energy, enabling the reader to understand the very latest technology and future trends. The book approaches synthetic polymer-based membranes through three different main areas. The first part of the book focuses on advanced water treatment applications, covering oily wastewater treatment, desalination, removal of dyes and pigments, photodegradation of organic hazardous materials, heavy metal removal, removal and recovery of nutrients, and volatile organic compounds. The second part examines the area of gas separation, including acidic gas removal, oxygen enrichment, gas and vapor separation, hydrogen separation, and gas sensing. The third part of the book looks at applications for sustainable energy usage, studying the use of synthetic polymer membranes in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs), photovoltaic devices, supercapacitors, lithium ion batteries, and pressure retarded osmosis. For each application, in-depth details of preparation, characterization, properties, simulation, experimental studies, theories, matrices, mechanisms, and performance are highlighted. With a focus on synthetic polymer-based membranes (polysulfone, polyvinylidene fluoride, polyethersulfone, polyacrylonitrile, polyetherimide, polyimide, cellulose acetate), the book also considers bottom-up and top-down approaches, and further surface modifications, and their crucial role in dictating the properties and performance of synthetic polymer-based membranes. This is a highly valuable guide for researchers, scientists, and advanced students, working with polymer membranes and films, and across polymer science, polymer chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, and materials for environmental and energy applications. In industry, the book supports R&D professionals, scientists, and engineers looking to utilize synthetic polymer-based membranes with enhanced properties. This book will enable the reader to successfully design, prepare, and utilize synthetic polymer-based membranes with enhanced properties, for advanced applications across water treatment, gas separation, and energy devices. In academia and industry, this supports the implementation and further development of synthetic polymer membranes for these important applications areas.