Recent developments in nanoporous graphene membranes for organic solvent nanofiltration: A short review

Yoon Tae Nam, Jun Hyeok Kang, Jae Dong Jang, Jun Hyuk Bae, Hee Tae Jung, Dae Woo Kim

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Graphene-based membranes are promising candidates for efficient organic solvent nanofil-tration (OSN) processes because of their unique structural characteristics, such as mechanical/chemical stability and precise molecular sieving. Recently, to improve organic solvent permeance and se-lectivity, nanopores have been fabricated on graphene planes via chemical and physical methods. The nanopores serve as an additional channel for facilitating ultrafast solvent permeation while filtering organic molecules by size exclusion. This review summarizes the recent developments in nanoporous graphene (NG)-based membranes for OSN applications. The membranes are catego-rized depending on the membrane structure: single-layer NG, multilayer NG, and graphene-based composite membranes hybridized with other porous materials. Techniques for nanopore generation on graphene, as well as the challenges faced and the perspectives required for the commercialization of NG membranes, are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number793
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Oct

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments: This work was supported by the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) grant funded by the Korean government (MOTIE) (20214000000090, Fostering Human Resources Training in Advanced Hydrogen Energy Industry). This study was supported by Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI), funded by the Ministry of Environment (RE202002470002).

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© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Filtration and Separation


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