Membrane technologies in sustainable chemistry

Membranes and membrane technologies are quickly finding applications in sustainable chemical processes.  These range from easy separation of products from reaction mixtures and purification of solvents, to the recovery of reagents or catalysts from reaction mixtures for reuse. 

Green Chemistry is an excellent forum for work in this field and a selection of recent high quality articles has been collated below.  These articles are all free to access until the 25th June 2012, so why not take a look…

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High performance membranes based on ionic liquid polymers for CO2 separation from the flue gas, Pei Li, D. R. Paul and Tai-Shung Chung, Green Chem., 2012, 14, 1052-1063

Direct transformation of ethanol into ethyl acetate through catalytic membranes containing Pd or Pd-Zn: comparison with conventional supported catalysts, Adriana Bonilla Sánchez, Narcís Homs, Sylvain Miachon, Jean-Alain Dalmon, José Luis G. Fierro and Pilar Ramírez de la Piscina, Green Chem., 2011, 13, 2569-2575

Enzyme immobilization on/in polymeric membranes: status, challenges and perspectives in biocatalytic membrane reactors (BMRs), Peter Jochems, Yamini Satyawali, Ludo Diels and Winnie Dejonghe, Green Chem., 2011, 13, 1609-1623

Environmentally friendly route for the preparation of solvent resistant polyimide nanofiltration membranes, Iwona Soroko, Yogesh Bhole and Andrew Guy Livingston, Green Chem., 2011, 13, 162-168

Continuous biocatalytic synthesis of (R)-2-octanol with integrated product separation, Christina Kohlmann, Susanne Leuchs, Lasse Greiner and Walter Leitner, Green Chem., 2011, 13, 1430-1436

Sustainable recovery of pure natural vanillin from fermentation media in a single pervaporation step, Carla Brazinha, Dalje S. Barbosa and João G. Crespo, Green Chem., 2011, 13, 2197-2203

Recent advances in the recycling of homogeneous catalysts using membrane separation, Michèle Janssen, Christian Müller and Dieter Vogt, Green Chem., 2011, 13, 2247-2257

Performance of solvent resistant nanofiltration membranes for purification of residual solvent in the pharmaceutical industry: experiments and simulation, Siavash Darvishmanesh, Loghman Firoozpour, Johan Vanneste, Patricia Luis, Jan Degrève and Bart Van der Bruggen, Green Chem., 2011, 13, 3476-3483

Challenges for recycling ionic liquids by using pressure driven membrane processes, Kurt Haerens, Stephanie Van Deuren, Edward Matthijs and Bart Van der Bruggen, Green Chem., 2010, 12, 2182-2188

Product recovery from ionic liquids by solvent-resistant nanofiltration: application to ozonation of acetals and methyl oleate, Charlie Van Doorslaer, Daan Glas, Annelies Peeters, Angels Cano Odena, Ivo Vankelecom, Koen Binnemans, Pascal Mertens and Dirk De Vos, Green Chem., 2010, 12, 1726-1733

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