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Energy efficient membrane-based hybrid system for sustainable desalination

Funding: 2015: $157,526
2016: $156,026
2017: $156,026
2018: $151,026

Project Member(s): Shon, H.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Future Fellowships)

Start year: 2015

Summary: Seawater desalination plants have been built in Australia in response to increasing pressure on water supplies. The sustainability of these plants is challenged by their significantly high energy cost and concentrated brine output. By exploiting the high residual hydraulic energy contained in the concentrated brine and using it in a membrane-based hybrid system with renewable osmotic energy, this project aims to provide solutions for overcoming these challenges. Renewable osmotic energy will be generated from the salinity differences between concentrate and fresh seawater (or other water sources) by pressure retarded osmosis. This will be enabled by the development of highly efficient composite membranes using an electrospinning technique.

Publications:

Akther, N, Phuntsho, S, Chen, Y, Ghaffour, N & Shon, HK 2019, 'Recent advances in nanomaterial-modified polyamide thin-film composite membranes for forward osmosis processes', Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 584, pp. 20-45.
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Lim, S, Tran, VH, Akther, N, Phuntsho, S & Shon, HK 2019, 'Defect-free outer-selective hollow fiber thin-film composite membranes for forward osmosis applications', Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 586, pp. 281-291.
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Volpin, F, Heo, H, Johir, MAH, Cho, J, Phuntsho, S & Shon, HK 2019, 'Techno-economic feasibility of recovering phosphorus, nitrogen and water from dilute human urine via forward osmosis', WATER RESEARCH, vol. 150, pp. 47-55.
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Lim, S & Shon, H 2018, 'Characterization of Membranes for Membrane-Based Salinity-Gradient Processes' in Membrane-Based Salinity Gradient Processes for Water Treatment and Power Generation, Elsevier, The Netherlands, pp. 125-154.
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Ali, SM, Kim, JE, Phuntsho, S, Jang, A, Choi, JY & Shon, HK 2018, 'Forward osmosis system analysis for optimum design and operating conditions.', Water research, vol. 145, pp. 429-441.
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Chekli, L, Pathak, N, Kim, Y, Phuntsho, S, Li, S, Ghaffour, N, Leiknes, T & Shon, HK 2018, 'Combining high performance fertiliser with surfactants to reduce the reverse solute flux in the fertiliser drawn forward osmosis process.', Journal of environmental management, vol. 226, pp. 217-225.
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Dorji, P, Choi, J, Kim, DI, Phuntsho, S, Hong, S & Shon, HK 2018, 'Membrane capacitive deionisation as an alternative to the 2nd pass for seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant for bromide removal', Desalination, vol. 433, pp. 113-119.
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Kim, DI, Gwak, G, Dorji, P, He, D, Phuntsho, S, Hong, S & Shon, H 2018, 'Palladium Recovery through Membrane Capacitive Deionization from Metal Plating Wastewater', ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 1692-1701.
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Kim, JE, Phuntsho, S, Ali, SM, Choi, JY & Shon, HK 2018, 'Forward osmosis membrane modular configurations for osmotic dilution of seawater by forward osmosis and reverse osmosis hybrid system.', Water research, vol. 128, pp. 183-192.
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Lim, S, Park, MJ, Phuntsho, S, Mai-Prochnow, A, Murphy, AB, Seo, D & Shon, H 2018, 'Dual-layered nanocomposite membrane incorporating graphene oxide and halloysite nanotube for high osmotic power density and fouling resistance', Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 564, pp. 382-393.
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Shibuya, M, Park, MJ, Lim, S, Phuntsho, S, Matsuyama, H & Shon, HK 2018, 'Novel CA/PVDF nanofiber supports strategically designed via coaxial electrospinning for high performance thin-film composite forward osmosis membranes for desalination', Desalination, vol. 445, pp. 63-74.
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Volpin, F, Gonzales, RR, Lim, S, Pathak, N, Phuntsho, S & Shon, HK 2018, 'GreenPRO: A novel fertiliser-driven osmotic power generation process for fertigation', DESALINATION, vol. 447, pp. 158-166.
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Tijing, LD, Shon, HK, Woo, YC, Yao, M & Ren, J 2017, 'Electrospinning for Membrane Fabrication: Strategies and Applications' in Drioli, E, Giorno, E & Fontananova, E (eds), Comprehensive Membrane Science and Engineering, Elsevier, England, pp. 418-444.
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Chekli, L, Kim, JE, El Saliby, I, Kim, Y, Phuntsho, S, Li, S, Ghaffour, N, Leiknes, TO & Kyong Shon, H 2017, 'Fertilizer drawn forward osmosis process for sustainable water reuse to grow hydroponic lettuce using commercial nutrient solution', Separation and Purification Technology, vol. 181, pp. 18-28.
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Kim, Y, Li, S, Chekli, L, Phuntsho, S, Ghaffour, N, Leiknes, T & Shon, HK 2017, 'Influence of fertilizer draw solution properties on the process performance and microbial community structure in a side-stream anaerobic fertilizer-drawn forward osmosis - ultrafiltration bioreactor.', Bioresource Technology, vol. 240, pp. 149-156.
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Kim, Y, Li, S, Chekli, L, Woo, YC, Wei, CH, Phuntsho, S, Ghaffour, N, Leiknes, TO & Shon, HK 2017, 'Assessing the removal of organic micro-pollutants from anaerobic membrane bioreactor effluent by fertilizer-drawn forward osmosis', Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 533, pp. 84-95.
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Lee, E-J, Deka, BJ, Guo, J, Woo, YC, Shon, HK & An, AK 2017, 'Engineering the Re-Entrant Hierarchy and Surface Energy of PDMS-PVDF Membrane for Membrane Distillation Using a Facile and Benign Microsphere Coating.', Environmental Science and Technology, vol. 51, no. 17, pp. 10117-10126.
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Lim, S, Park, MJ, Phuntsho, S, Tijing, LD, Nisola, GM, Shim, WG, Chung, WJ & Shon, HK 2017, 'Dual-layered nanocomposite substrate membrane based on polysulfone/graphene oxide for mitigating internal concentration polarization in forward osmosis', Polymer, vol. 110, pp. 36-48.
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Lotfi, F, Chekli, L, Phuntsho, S, Hong, S, Choi, JY & Shon, HK 2017, 'Understanding the possible underlying mechanisms for low fouling tendency of the forward osmosis and pressure assisted osmosis processes', Desalination, vol. 421, pp. 89-98.
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Pathak, N, Chekli, L, Wang, J, Kim, Y, Phuntsho, S, Li, S, Ghaffour, N, Leiknes, T & Shon, H 2017, 'Performance of a novel baffled osmotic membrane bioreactor-microfiltration hybrid system under continuous operation for simultaneous nutrient removal and mitigation of brine discharge.', Bioresource Technology, vol. 240, pp. 50-58.
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Sahebi, S, Phuntsho, S, Tijing, L, Han, G, Han, DS, Abdel-Wahab, A & Shon, HK 2017, 'Thin-film composite membrane on a compacted woven backing fabric for pressure assisted osmosis', Desalination, vol. 406, pp. 98-108.
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Woo, YC, Chen, Y, Tijing, LD, Phuntsho, S, He, T, Choi, JS, Kim, SH & Shon, HK 2017, 'CF4 plasma-modified omniphobic electrospun nanofiber membrane for produced water brine treatment by membrane distillation', Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 529, pp. 234-242.
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Chekli, L, Brunetti, G, Marzouk, ER, Maoz-Shen, A, Smith, E, Naidu, R, Shon, HK, Lombi, E & Donner, E 2016, 'Evaluating the mobility of polymer-stabilised zero-valent iron nanoparticles and their potential to co-transport contaminants in intact soil cores', ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, vol. 216, pp. 636-645.
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Chekli, LM, Phuntsho, S, Kim, JE, Kim, JH, Choi, JY, Choi, JS, Kim, SH, Kim, JH, Hong, SK, Sohn, JS & Shon, HK 2016, 'A comprehensive review of hybrid forward osmosis systems: Performance, applications and future prospects', Journal of Membrane Science, vol. 497, no. 1, pp. 430-449.
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Kim, J, Park, M, Shon, HK & Kim, JH 2016, 'Performance analysis of reverse osmosis, membrane distillation, and pressure-retarded osmosis hybrid processes', DESALINATION, vol. 380, pp. 85-92.
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Kim, J, Park, MJ, Park, M, Shon, HK, Kim, SH & Kim, JH 2016, 'Influence of colloidal fouling on pressure retarded osmosis', Desalination.
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Phuntsho, S, Kim, JE, Johir, MAH, Hong, S, Li, Z, Ghaffour, N, Leiknes, T & Shon, HK 2016, 'Fertiliser drawn forward osmosis process: Pilot-scale desalination of mine impaired water for fertigation', JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE, vol. 508, pp. 22-31.
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Sianipar, M, Kim, SH, Min, C, Tijing, LD & Shon, HK 2016, 'Potential and performance of a polydopamine-coated multiwalled carbon nanotube/polysulfone nanocomposite membrane for ultrafiltration application', JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL AND ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY, vol. 34, pp. 364-373.
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Tijing, LD, Woo, YC, Shim, W-G, He, T, Choi, J-S, Kim, S-H & Shon, HK 2016, 'Superhydrophobic nanofiber membrane containing carbon nanotubes for high-performance direct contact membrane distillation', JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE, vol. 502, pp. 158-170.
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Woo, YC, Kim, Y, Shim, W-G, Tijing, LD, Yao, M, Nghiem, LD, Choi, J-S, Kim, S-H & Shon, HK 2016, 'Graphene/PVDF flat-sheet membrane for the treatment of RO brine from coal seam gas produced water by air gap membrane distillation', JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE, vol. 513, pp. 74-84.
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Woo, YC, Tijing, LD, Shim, W-G, Choi, J-S, Kim, S-H, He, T, Drioli, E & Shon, HK 2016, 'Water desalination using graphene-enhanced electrospun nanofiber membrane via air gap membrane distillation', JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE, vol. 520, pp. 99-110.
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Shon, HK, Phuntsho, S, Zhang, TC & Surampalli, RY 2015, Forward Osmosis Fundamentals and Applications, American Society of Civil Engineers.
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Chekli, LM, Shon, HK, Phuntsho, S, Kim, J & Cho, J 2015, 'Draw Solutes in Forward Osmosis Processes' in Shon, HK, Phuntsho & Zhang, T (eds), Forward Osmosis: Fundamentals and Applications, American Society of Civil Engineers, USA, pp. 85-113.
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Hong, S & Shon, HK 2015, 'Membrane fouling in forward osmosis processes' in Forward Osmosis: Fundamentals and Applications, American Society of Civil Engineers, pp. 217-240.
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Li, XM, Chen, G, Shon, HK & He, T 2015, 'Treatment of high salinity waste water from shale gas exploitation by forward osmosis processes' in Forward Osmosis: Fundamentals and Applications, American Society of Civil Engineers, pp. 339-362.
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Lotfi, F, Phuntsho, S, Majeed, T, Kim, K, Han, DS, Abdel-Wahab, A & Shon, HK 2015, 'Thin film composite hollow fibre forward osmosis membrane module for the desalination of brackish groundwater for fertigation', DESALINATION, vol. 364, pp. 108-118.
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Sahebi, S, Phuntsho, S, Kim, JE, Hong, S & Shon, HK 2015, 'Pressure assisted fertiliser drawn osmosis process to enhance final dilution of the fertiliser draw solution beyond osmotic equilibrium', JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE, vol. 481, pp. 63-72.
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Keywords: Osmotic energy, Pressure retarded osmosis, Desalination

FOR Codes: Environmental Technologies, Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (excl. Urban and Industrial Use), Renewable Energy not elsewhere classified