Membranes derived from synthetic polymers are widely used for separation processes in medical and technical applications e.g. haemodialysis, water treatment, bevarage and food industry, or pharmaceutical industry. Micro- ultra- and nanofiltration as well as reverse osmosis are well established membrane separation techniques. The demand for sustainable energy and the advantages over conventional energy production systems (e.g. combustion engines), fuel cell technology has received strong attraction during the last decades. The major drawback of today’s fuel cell systems is their insufficient tolerance towards carbon monoxide, insufficient conductivity at low temperatures and over a wide humidity range, fuel cross-over (especially in DMFC) and, last but not least, the high costs. The knowledge of these deficiencies has initiated world-wide research activities for the development of better fuel cell systems and in particular better ion-conducting membranes.
The main tasks in membrane research are
1. development of tailor-made membrane materials with high thermal, mechanical and chemical resistance, high selectivity at desired permeate flux
2. controll of surface properties to reduce membrane fouling
3. development of new membrane formation procedures
The membrane group at the IPF has focused the research on two main topics
- surface modification of porous membranes
- development of new membrane materials for fuel cell application
STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ASK FOR DIPLOMA- OR MASTER THESIS ON BOTH TOPICS! For further information please contact Dr. Jochen Meier-Haack.