Fabrication of highly-efficient nanofiltration membrane via green processes

Project Details


Membrane technology separates mixtures using 90% less energy when compared to processes that require energy separating agents (heat) i.e. a green separation process. As such, membranes can potentially become a key technology for a Circular Economy. However, this potential can only be realised if the mandatory use of hazardous solvents in incumbent membrane manufacturing protocols that negate the sustainability benefits of membrane separations is overcome.

This Project will establish collaborations between researchers from The University of Edinburgh (UoE) and Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) to address technological challenges that limit the sustainability of membrane separations:
1)Replace hazardous solvents with green alternatives. This will be realised with green and bio-renewable solvents classified as “usable” in the CHEM21 solvent selection guide.
2)Reduce reagent consumption during membrane fabrication. This will be achieved by exploiting UoE’s additive manufacturing facilities to fabricate HIT’s high-performance biomaterial-based mixed matrix membranes.

Through workshops and exchange programmes in respective labs, collaborators will exchange knowledge in different aspects of membrane technologies – materials science, green chemistry, fabrication processes and separation sciences. This will also be a platform for establishing a strong and enduring collaboration established between people with highly valuable skills from UoE and HIT, expertise in many fields of science and engineering and a common goal of providing turnkey solutions to uplift livelihoods in the developing world.
Effective start/end date30/03/2129/03/23


  • Other (Learned Society): £11,784.00


Explore the research topics touched on by this project. These labels are generated based on the underlying awards/grants. Together they form a unique fingerprint.