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Issue 6, 2016
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A review of recent developments in graphene-enabled membranes for water treatment

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Abstract

Graphene based materials, including graphene and derivatives such as graphene oxide, have considerable potential as key components in next-generation membrane technologies. Their tunable size, surface chemistry, and structure can be engineered for a spectrum of aqueous filtration purposes ranging from ultrafiltration to reverse osmosis. Among a number of recently developed advanced graphene-enabled membranes, monolayer nanoporous graphene membranes, graphene oxide membranes, and polymeric membranes incorporated with graphene oxide (graphene oxide as nanoscale, material fillers), are currently considered to be the most promising. In this review, the most recent advancements in the development of these three types of membranes are described and discussed, followed by opportunities and challenges presented for graphene-enabled separation technologies. Finally, we conclude the article by providing our perspectives on commercialization potentials based on current technological readiness and cost levels for these graphene-based membranes.

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The article was received on 26 Jul 2016, accepted on 26 Sep 2016 and first published on 27 Sep 2016


Article type: Frontier
DOI: 10.1039/C6EW00187D
Citation: Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol., 2016,2, 915-922
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    A review of recent developments in graphene-enabled membranes for water treatment

    Y. Jiang, P. Biswas and J. D. Fortner, Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol., 2016, 2, 915
    DOI: 10.1039/C6EW00187D

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