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Membrane Reactors, Applications

Membrane Processes

  1. Angelo Basile,
  2. Simona Liguori,
  3. Adolfo Iulianelli

Published Online: 19 APR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118522318.emst118

Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology

Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology

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Basile, A., Liguori, S. and Iulianelli, A. 2013. Membrane Reactors, Applications. Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology. 1–30.

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  1. University of Calabria, Rende, (CS), Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2013


The development of new value-added products and the application of innovative technologies are attracting considerable attention in the context of modernization of the oil-refining, chemical, and petrochemical industries,involving the treatment of aromatic hydrocarbons and olefins and the production of green energy while preserving the environment. Membrane technology can constitute a key challenge in the promotion of scale-up from fundamental research to large-scale industry owing to the offer of attractive opportunities in the design, rationalization, and optimization of, for example, energy production. Different operations can be integrated in the same industrial field, leading to important benefits of product quality, plant compactness, and lower environmental impact. As a specific case, high competitiveness and innovation are expected from integrated membrane reactor technology in many segments of conventional industrial activities, especially in areas such as the production of hydrogen from the reforming of hydrocarbons and alcohols or from the exploitation of new greener and alternative energy sources such as biofuels.


  • membrane reactor;
  • palladium-based membrane;
  • hydrogen production;
  • catalysis biofuels