Development of Self-Heating Membrane for Energy-Efficient Membrane Distillation

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This project introduces a self-heating and self-cleaning membrane with membrane distillation (MD). The outcome of this project will address the drawbacks of low water recovery factors and brine disposal in Reverse Osmosis desalination as well as minimize the energy requirements and environmental impacts of desalination processes. Specifically, we will develop novel reconfigurable MD membranes that can respond to external stimuli such as electric current or temperature to generate localized heat on the membrane surface, eliminating the need to heat the entire feed water. We will support this by our systematic characterization and simulation to verify the heat and thermal transfer and fouling and scaling control. Moreover, using an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) equipment that can monitor in-situ scaling in real time, our team will conduct an in-depth fundamental study on the properties of the self-heating membrane and its application for MD.


Project number7005131
Effective start/end date1/09/18 → …