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The first international symposium on "Future industrial prospects of membrane processes" surveyed the current status of membrane technologies in Europe. The main results achieved within two EC R&D programmes, "BRITE" and "Radioactive waste management and disposal", were reported. A comparison of results obtained in nuclear and non-nuclear applications demonstrated that technological innovations developed in one sector could be used in the other. This was illustrated by presentations on composite membranes modified by appropriate surface treatment and on membranes incorporating an electrochemical direct cleaning device and also in discussions of the problem of fouling. There was growing interest in techniques for dehydration of chemical precipitates where electro-osmosis was shown to be particularly flexible. In the area of purification, gaseous permeation for hydrocarbons and supported liquid membranes for liquid effluents offer new prospects for the future. Economically, the impact of membrane processes depends on the type of application. In the coming years, it seems that developing markets will be found in the gas, food, biochemical and nuclear industries.

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Authors: CECILLE L, CEC, Bruxelles (BE);TOUSSAINT J C, CEC, Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12114 EN (1989) 307 pp.
Availability: Available from Elsevier Science Publishers Ltd., Crown House, Linton Road, Barking, Essex IG11 8JU (GB)
ISBN: ISBN 1-85166-412-2
Record Number: 198911031 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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