Carbon-nanotube-based membranes for water desalination by membrane distillation

Dumee, Ludovic (2011) Carbon-nanotube-based membranes for water desalination by membrane distillation. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


This work investigates ways to fabricate composite macro-structures made of carbon nanotubes in combination with polymers and metals to enhance membrane lifespan and performance. Carbon nanotube Buckypapers were used as a template to engineer composite structures. The new materials have been thoroughly characterized for their thermal, structural and performance characteristics. The permeation and adsorption of gas and water vapor, as well as the membranes’ performance in desalination by direct contact membrane distillation, were tested and compared with polymeric benchmarks.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0904 Chemical Engineering
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI)
Keywords carbon nanotubes, membranes, desalination, membrane distillation, membrane separation, bucky paper membranes, composite structures, macro-structures, water purification, hydrophonic
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