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Ion/Mass Transfer in Membranes for Energy Transformation, Water Purification, and Desalination Systems

Call for Papers

The transport properties of membranes, which act as selectively permeable barriers, play an important role in energy transformation, water purification, and desalination systems. In energy transformation systems such as membrane fuel cells and liquid electrolyte batteries, ion exchange occurs through membranes to form a flow of electric current. Membranes with ionic conductivity and chemical/electrochemical and mechanical stabilities are required to improve the power density, cycle life, and safety of energy conversion systems. In water purification and desalination systems, ions and other dissolved substances are selectively removed by passing through membranes. The membrane processes contribute 65% of the global desalination capacity. Optimizing the selectivity, permeation flux, concentration polarization, and fouling of the membranes is essential for improving the performance of those processes.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles and review articles that seek to address the mechanisms and optimization of ion/mass transfer in the membranes for energy transformation, water purification, and desalination systems and the relationship between chemical composition, morphology, permeability, and chemical/electrochemical and mechanical stabilities of the membranes.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Design of cation/anion exchange membranes and reverse osmosis membranes in experiments and modeling
  • Concern in applications of membranes (i.e., the lifetime and stability studies of membrane fuel cell and novel catalyst design, hybrid membrane systems in water purification, and biomimetic aquaporin membranes in desalination)
  • Characterization of morphology, transport, and chemical and mechanical properties of membranes
  • Mechanisms of ion/mass transport in membranes
  • Relationship between the chemical architecture of a membrane and its transport property, chemical stability, and mechanical strength
  • Interfaces between a membrane and its surroundings (e.g., three-phase interfaces in fuel cells, separator-electrolyte or separator-electrode interfaces in batteries)

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 24 November 2017
Publication DateApril 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

  • Jibao Lu, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA

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