Designing the surface and structural properties of MFI zeolite membranes for low energy ion-selective desalination [ 2009 - 2011 ]

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Researchers A/Prof MC Duke; A/Prof LY Zou; Dr AJ Hill; Prof JY Lin

Brief description Desalination is being established in response to climate change and growing demands on existing supplies. Fresh water from infinitely abundant ocean sources using little energy input will benefit communities by providing affordably a vital resource with minimal greenhouse gas emissions. Fresh water from current desalination costs $2 per kl, being a major expense for a vital resource normally $0.2 per kl. As energy input accounts for half of the desalination cost, the smart ion-selective membrane to be developed in this project has the capability to reduce desalinated water price by 50%. Such an advancement derived from fundamental material properties is a novel contribution to both science and membrane desalination

Funding Amount $285,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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