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Novel inkjet-printed organic solvent nanofiltration membranes

Project Member(s): Shon, H., Phuntsho, S.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)
Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2021

Summary: The pharmaceutical industry is one of fastest growing industries in Australia. Manufacturing pharmaceutical products requires the use of hazardous and expensive organic solvents, which are toxic for the environment and expensive to recover due to the energy intensive thermal process required. This project aims to discover and manufacture a novel, low-cost, chemically robust nanomaterial-based membrane using an industry scalable inkjet printing process. The membrane will be resistant to organic solvents while efficiently recovering valuable and hazardous organic solvents with minimum environmental footprint. It will effectively provide for the future growth of the Australian pharmaceutical industry while also having global applications.


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FOR Codes: Separation┬┐┬┐technologies, Membrane and Separation Technologies, Organic Industrial Chemicals (excl. Resins, Rubber and Plastics), Organic industrial chemicals (excl. resins, rubber and plastics)