Membranes offer a compelling alternative to conventional energy-hungry separation techniques used in industry such as distillation. They can also be used to extract valuable resources from waste streams, which can then be reused elsewhere.

Internationally renowned for our work on membranes, we are involved in everything from the molecular investigation of nano-materials, to the manufacture of novel new membranes on site using our highly specialised equipment.

Membranes developed at Bath are helping to improve separation processes across many industries, including food processing, water treatment and gas separation.

Example projects

  • A new membrane to improve the separation of the compound sterol from orange juice, allowing it to be reused as a dietary supplement to reduce cholesterol
  • Smart transdermal membranes to control the release of drugs into the skin in a non-invasive, programmable way
  • Novel contaminant-resistant membranes capable of producing pure hydrogen from organic waste
  • Fluid dynamic gauging technology to improve the cleaning of membranes, a system now widely adopted by other universities and industry

Members of CASE focusing on membranes