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

This project aims to design and synthesize bio-inspired membranes for water desalination, purification, and other relevant separation processes for (bio-) chemical engineering applications. 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 and selectivity 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.

Researchers: Niall Kent and Silo Meoto.

KEY PUBLICATIONS

  1. S. Meoto and M.-O. Coppens,
    "Anodic alumina-templated synthesis of mesostructured silica membranes - current status and challenges"
    ,
    J. Mater. Chem. A
    , 2014, 2, 5640.
    [Link]
    (Open access)
  2. 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.
    [Link]
  3. 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
    [Link]
Bio-inspired membranes for water desalination, purification and bio-separations