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Issue 22, 2010
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Recent developments in reverse osmosis desalination membranes

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Reverse osmosis (RO) desalination is one of the main technologies for producing fresh water from seawater and other saline water sources. The membrane properties greatly affect the water productivity and energy costs in the reverse osmosis desalinatin processes. Recent years have seen significant research efforts devoted to developing high-performance RO membranes. This article reviews recent activities in the development of RO membranes with improved flux and salt rejection, chlorine tolerance, fouling resistance and thermal stability. In particular, this review mainly focuses on the modification of current polymeric membrane materials, and synthesis and separation performance of new polymer membranes, inorganic membranes and mixed matrix membranes.

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The article was received on 23 Nov 2009, accepted on 23 Feb 2010 and first published on 12 Apr 2010

Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/B924553G
J. Mater. Chem., 2010,20, 4551-4566

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    Recent developments in reverse osmosis desalination membranes

    D. Li and H. Wang, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 4551
    DOI: 10.1039/B924553G

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