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Project Name Fabrication Technique of Ultrahigh-Density Desalination Membranes
Year 2013 Director Dr. Lee, Jung-Hyun

Fabrication Technique of Ultrahigh-Density Desalination Membranes


1. Content & Characteristic

       O This research aims to develop highly-permeable and highly-durable, next

          generation membranes that can overcome the technological challenges of the

          conventional desalination membranes. It consists of two parts:

           - The separation performance and durability of the membranes are greatly enhanced by

                 fabricating ultra-dense, nanoscale thin film active layer through controlling reaction

                 between organic monomers at the molecular level.

             - Tunable performance and functionality of membranes can be imparted by varying the types

                of monomers and thus controlling the resultant physicochemical properties of the



2. Scientific and Technological Value

       O This research is important in terms of developing innovative, high-performance

          desalination membranes which can overcome the limitations of the conventional

          membranes. In addition, this research provides the model system for elucidating

          the structure-property relationship of desalination membranes

3. Social and Economic Effect

       O Creating new markets related with water, energy, and environment issues.

       O Developing core materials-related technology.

       O Contributing to the growth of domestic sustainable industries.

       O Growing market share of Korea in the global market of functional membranes.

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