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Membrane Separation and Transport

  1. Eric M. V. Hoek1,
  2. MaryTheresa M. Pendergast1,
  3. Volodymyr V. Tarabara2

Published Online: 27 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118522318.emst001

Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology

Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology

How to Cite

Hoek, E. M. V., Pendergast, M. M. and Tarabara, V. V. 2013. Introduction. Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology. 1–8.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of California, Los Angeles, CA

  2. 2

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 SEP 2013


The field of synthetic membranes is rich and continually offers challenges in basic scientific research. At the same time, technology and applications of membranes are growing in such areas as gas separations, energy generation, water purification, biotechnology, and many others to hold exciting prospects in coming years. This encyclopedia serves as a comprehensive reference on membrane science and technology, covering all aspects at both fundamental and practical levels. This introductory article provides fundamental definitions of physical membrane separations and lays out the historic, scientific, and technological advances that have enabled this field.


  • membranes;
  • science;
  • technology;
  • history;
  • applications