DISCOVERY TO DEPLOYMENT
The mission of the Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovation CEI at the University of Connecticut is to develop, demonstrate, and deploy advanced membrane technologies through contract research.
Fraunhofer USA CEI performs applied research, feasibility studies, and demonstration testing of membrane separation processes across industrial sectors. This includes laboratory and pilot scale demonstration testing of liquid and gas separation applications.
Fraunhofer USA CEI Offers
Customized Separations Solutions for:
- Water treatment and reuse
- Membrane process engineering
- Resource recovery
- Non-aqueous liquid separations
- Vapor and gas separations
Technology Platforms for:
- Ceramic membranes
- Polymeric membranes
- Mixed matrix membranes
Ceramic membranes offer capabilities for separation applications where polymeric membranes cannot operate. For example, ceramic membranes can operate in environments where polymeric membranes would typically fail. Fraunhofer USA CEI has the knowledge and resources to demonstrate the capabilities of ceramic membranes for aqueous and organic solvent filtration applications.
Fraunhofer USA CEI’s collaborative partner, Fraunhofer IKTS, fabricates the most selective ceramic filtration membranes on the market today and are the only provider of nanofiltration ceramic membranes. Other inorganic membranes are also available for vapor and gas separations. These include membranes made from zeolites, carbon materials, and perovskites.
Fraunhofer USA CEI has extensive expertise with polymeric membranes for liquid separation and purification applications. Application experience includes desalination, water treatment, reuse, water softening, dewatering processes and organic solvent purification. The team has experience in reverse osmosis, forward osmosis, nanofiltration, pervaporation, vapor permeation, and membrane distillation.
Membrane Process Engineering
Fraunhofer USA CEI can assemble customized membrane separations systems that are designed for client needs. Fraunhofer USA CEI partner Fraunhofer IKTS offers scaled-membrane manufacturing capabilities for element and module design and fabrication.