Novel Hybrid Silica Membranes for Desalination (2011–2013)
Desalination is traditionally a costly, energy-intensive process and there is an urgent need for alternatives. This project aims to produce high flux, highly stable ceramic membranes that will enable novel, more energy efficient desalination processes. The novel hybrid silica membrane proposed has the opportunity to become an alternative option for application in both the Australian and global water desalination market. Advancement in water desalination technology has the potential for a profound social, economical and environmental impact. This vital research is aligned with the National Research Priority areas: Frontier Technologies for Building and Transforming Australian Industries and An Environmentally Sustainable Australia.