Membranes and Environment: background & publications

The SIMEV Chair specifies the context of its actions and shares the references of the various publications of which it is aware in relation to its missions.

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Membranes : technologies with high stakes

Physical barriers that separate inorganic, organic, viral or bacterial contaminants, membranes provide a high-level guarantee against any form of water contamination.

Considered as “dominant technologies” in developed countries sincd the 90s, they have also become a major development issue for Southern Hemisphere countries with appropriate support, particularly in the areas of Training and Research. It is on this priority objective that the UNESCO SIMEV Chair was created.

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Membranes & renewable energies

A good number of Southern Hemisphere countries are particularly rich in renewable energies, such as solar, wind, marine, etc.

Coupled with the use of these renewable energies, membrane technologies make it possible to provide a realistic solution to the most important issues:

  • access to quality water and therefore health improvement
  • preservation of the resource through the implementation of treatment, recycling and reuse processes (eg irrigation)

The Chair is particularly supporting projects coupling membrane technologies and renewable energies.

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Nature as the first source of inspiration

SIMEV is now opening up to biomimicry, that is to say to the study of processes-procedures directly inspired by nature. Articificial membranes have the model of biological membranes. Idriss Aberkane, a scientist and researcher in the neurosciences, ambassador of the Unesco-Unitwin Complex Digital Systems Campus, is also convinced by the interest of biomimicry for the creation of values.

Membrane architectures created on the model of living systems specific to Southern Hemisphere countries, particularly to carry out water transfers with minimal energy expenditure, should thus constitute an original study subject for SIMEV and open on new profitable actions for all.

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Water & Membranes : some publications


  • Ngoc Lieu Le, Suzana P. Nunes. “Materials and membrane technologies for water and energy sustainability”. Sustainable Materials and Technologies – Volume 7, April 2016, Pages 1-28
  • Wouter Pronk, An Ding , Eberhard Morgenroth, Nicolas Derlon , Peter Desmond, Michael Burkhardt, Bing Wu, Anthony G. Fane.“Gravity-driven membrane filtration for water and wastewater treatment: A review”. Water Research – Volume 149, February 2019, Pages 553-565

The websites of the two UNESCO Centers in Australia (CMST – Centre for Membrane Science & Technology) and the Netherlands (IHE Delft) bring together thematic publications and provide research tools. Example : National Digital Membrane Library (CMST)

What new applications in developing countries?


The Chair follows current events & lists the latest publications on membrane technology applications in developing countries, in Africa and Asia in particular.

The Membrane Technology publishes in its “News” category short articles about the industrial context and the latest applications.