Bio-inspired membranes for water desalination, purification and bio-separations

Computational studies of water and ion transport through protein channels in cell membranes teach us the fundamental principles behind the combination of remarkably high permeation, selectivity and anti-fouling properties of these biological membranes. We aim to build artificial nanoporous membranes that implement the fundamental principles that lead to the superior performance of biological membranes.

Current Researchers: Halan Mohamed and Jerome Meng

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Past researchers: Niall Kent and Silo Meoto.

Key Publications

  1. S. Meoto, N. Kent, MM. Nigra and M.-O Coppens,
    “Mesostructure of mesoporous silica/anodic alumina hierarchical membranes tuned with ethanol”
    Langmuir, 2017, 33(19), 4823.
    [Link]
  2. S. Meoto, N. Kent, MM. Nigra and M.-O Coppens,
    “Effect of stirring rate on the morphology of FDU-12 mesoporous silica particles”
    Microporous and Mesoporous Mater., 2017, 249, 61-66.
    [Link] (Open access)
  3. S. Meoto and M.-O Coppens,
    “Anodic alumina-templated synthesis of mesostructured silica membranes - current status and challenges”
    J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2(16), 5640.
    [Link]
  4. V.J. van Hijkoop, A.J. Dammers, K. Malek and M.-O. Coppens,
"Water diffusion through a membrane protein channel: a first passage time approach",
J. Chem. Phys., 2007, 127(8), 085101.
    
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  5. X. Liu, D. Newsome, and M.-O. Coppens, "Dynamic Monte Carlo simulations of binary self-diffusion in ZSM-5", Microp. Mesop. Mater., 2009, 125, 149. Special Issue in honor of Prof. J. Kärger
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Bio-inspired membranes for water desalination, purification and bio-separations