Amine solvents (top phase) extracting water from hypersaline brines (bottom phase)[PHOTO CREDIT: ROBERT WINTON AND NGAI YIN YIP]

Researchers report new desalination technique for hypersaline brines

New research published on selective ion exchange membranes

Laura Paltrinieri and co-workers developed a method to prepare functional membranes based on covalent incorporation of a functionalised monomer

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MIT details process to use brine as a resource

Researchers at MIT have published details of a process to recycle brine for use in desalination plants instead of disposing of it.

The CAF is a filter which has porous partition walls coated with an adsorbent material

Hitachi develops cost-reducing adsorption filter

Hitachi Metals has developed a ceramic adsorption filter (CAF) as a pre-treatment for seawater reverse osmosis (RO) systems.

The University of New South Wales-led research sought to investigate the marine life impacts of desalination

World-first study of brine outfall shows minimal impacts

A first-of-its-kind study of the impacts to marine life of a desalination plant's brine outfall into the ocean has found that the effect on the local ecology is minimal.

The three-dimensional electron microscopy uncovered the complex guts of desalination membranes

Penn State models membrane's internal structure with microscopy

A team of researchers at Penn State university has used the latest in microscopy to model the internal structure of a desalination membrane, seeking to improve the technology.

University of Texas at Austin, US, has developed a desalination process using hydrogels and ambient solar power

UT Austin develops hydrogels that desalt water with ambient sunlight

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, US, have developed a technology with gel-polymer hybrid materials that can desalinate water using ambient solar energy.

Hydraulic fracturing uses huge quantities of water, of which only 10 to 15 per cent is typically recovered

Rice University team demonstrates one-pass membrane for fracking reuse

Researchers at Rice University have created a superhydrophilic ceramic membrane that can remove 90 per cent of contaminants from the wastewater produced by fracking.

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