In the chemical industry, membranes can form an energy-efficient alternative to classical separation technologies. Polymeric membranes are already widely applied in for example water purification (your drinking water will probably have passed a membrane) and in kidney dialysis. These applications are in watery environments at room temperature. In the chemical industry, membranes are typically required to operate at extreme conditions such as high temperatures, high pressures, low or high pHs, and aggressive solvents. Under these conditions, hybrid and inorganic membranes can be a suitable candidates.
In the group Inorganic Membranes (and the subgroup Fluids in Films), research is performed into these high-performance membranes. The group studies both the fabrication, as well as the application of the membranes. Therefore, research is performed in both the domains; material science and process engineering.
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