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High-Recovery Membrane Desalination

High-Recovery Membrane Desalination

Achieving a high-water recovery beyond that attainable by conventional reverse osmosis is critically important for several industries, such as the mining, energy and water sectors. Of special interest are osmotically driven membrane processes, such as osmotically assisted reverse osmosis (OARO), as they allow high recovery without excessive hydraulic pressure and the danger of membrane bursts.

These high recoveries are achieved while operating sustainably at low energy and environmental footprint compared to their conventional thermal counterparts. Our collaborations with other world leading research groups help us to develop novel membranes and processes, and to find solutions to the challenging membrane related problems, such as fouling and membrane deformation.

Prof. Hankins



Christian D. Peters and Nicholas P. Hankins: “Making Zero-liquid Discharge Desalination Greener: Utilising Low-grade Heat and Vacuum Membrane Distillation for the Regeneration of Volatile Draw Solutes”, Desalination, 2021, 507, 115034.  doi: 10.1016/j.desal.2021.115034.

Christian D. Peters and Nicholas P. Hankins: “The Synergy between Osmotically Assisted Reverse Osmosis (OARO) and the Use of Thermo-Responsive Draw Solutions for Energy-Efficient, Zero-Liquid Discharge Desalination”, Desalination, 2020, 493, 114630. doi: 10.1016/j.desal.2020.114630.

Basma Al-Najar, Christian D. Peters, Hanan Albuflasa, Nicholas P. Hankins: “Pressure and Osmotically Driven Membrane Processes: A Review of the Benefits and Production of Nano-enhanced Membranes for Desalination”, Desalination, 2020, 479, 114323. doi: 10.1016/ j.desal.2020.114323.

Christian D. Peters and Nicholas P. Hankins: “Osmotically Assisted Reverse Osmosis (OARO): Five Approaches to Dewatering Saline Brines using Pressure-driven Membrane Processes”, Desalination, 2019, 458, 1-13.