Membranes can be used to remove saline from water.

Technical focus area: separations

Membranes are materials which act as filters, or separators of different substances. Making a membrane that is selective about what passes through it can be challenging and costly, especially when dealing with substances that are chemically similar.

Developing membranes and membrane processes that are resistant to fouling and have long service lifetimes can bring significant production benefits to oil and gas industry operations.

Research at ICAM seeks to understand at the atomic level, the structure and mechanisms of membranes and to use this understanding to develop models that can better predict the behaviours of membranes in practical applications. This will give us better methods for designing membranes tuned for specific applications in the energy industry.

Impact area: separations

Reverse osmosis (RO) is currently used to adjust water salinity.

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