You are cordially invited to a Distinguished Visitor Seminar by Prof Enrico Drioli - Founding Director of the Institute on Membrane Technology of the National Research Council (Italy).
Time: 18 Jan 2016 from 12.15 - 13.15. Venue: 6.102. Sandwich lunch and refreshment will be served at 12.00 pm.
[cid:image003.jpg@01D1494E.E1F2FD90] Prof. Enrico Drioli The University of Calabria, Italy
Brief Biography: Professor Drioli has authored over 700 scientific papers and 18 patents in the field of Membrane Science and Technology (h-index = 58; citations > 14,000). He is currently the coordinator of Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Membrane Engineering (EUDIME), which is a consortium of 6 core and 10 associate leading European research institutions. His work has earned him many prestigious awards and recognitions including the "Richard Maling Barrer Prize" for his "outstanding contributions to membrane science and technology from the European Membrane Society.
Presentation Title: Membrane distillation for innovation in industrial productions Abstract: Brine from produced water, salt lake, and even seawater desalination contains a vast array of valuable minerals that can be recovered and reused. New membrane operations well integrated with the traditional ones offer an opportunity to extract these minerals. In particular, membrane distillation (MD) and membrane crystallization (MCr) can be utilized for improving the productivity of desalination systems, recovering water and some of the valuable ions present in the RO brine thus becoming an interesting resource of minerals, in some cases alternative to the traditional mines.
Extensive lab and pilot scale experiments showed that the treatment of produced water with MD achieved salt rejection greater than 99% and total carbon rejection higher than 90%. In the case of MCr, produced water was concentrated until supersaturation level in order to extract, simultaneously, fresh water and valuable components. It was demonstrated experimentally that NaCl with purity >99.9% can be recovered from produced water. The crystals showed uniform size distribution (proved by low coefficient of variations) and a good cubic structure.
An economic analysis to assess the feasibility of the MD-MCr process will also be presented.