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EPSRC Reference: EP/V047078/1
Title: SynHiSel
Principal Investigator: Mattia, Professor D
Other Investigators:
Budd, Professor PM McKeown, Professor N Chew, Professor YMJ
Song, Dr Q Mutch, Dr GA Metcalfe, Professor IS
Li, Professor K Ferrari, Professor M Perez-Page, Dr M
Livingston, Professor A
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
BP Cytiva Europe Dupont Teijin Films (UK) Limited
Evonik Industries AG (International) Exactmer Limited ExxonMobil
Graphene Water Technologies Laser Micromachining Limited Nanotherics Ltd
Naturbeads Ltd Pall Europe Ltd RFC Power
Department: Chemical Engineering
Organisation: University of Bath
Scheme: Programme Grants
Starts: 01 February 2022 Ends: 31 January 2027 Value (£): 7,328,275
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Design of Process systems Separation Processes
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Energy
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
25 May 2021 Element Programme Grant Interviews 25 and 26 May 2021 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Chemical separations are critical to almost every aspect of our daily lives, from the energy we use to the medications we take, but consume 10-15% of the total energy used in the world. It has been estimated that highly selective membranes could make these separations 10-times more energy efficient and save 100 million tonnes/year of carbon dioxide emissions and £3.5 billion in energy costs annually (US DoE). More selective separation processes are essential to "maximise the advantages for UK industry from the global shift to clean growth", and will assist the move towards "low carbon technologies and the efficient use of resources" (HM Govt Clean Growth Strategy, 2017). In the healthcare sector there is growing concern over the cost of the latest pharmaceuticals, which are often biologicals, with an unmet need for highly selective separation of product-related impurities such as active from inactive viruses (HM Govt Industrial Strategy 2017). In the water sector, the challenges lie in the removal of ions and small molecules at very low concentrations, so-called micropollutants (Cave Review, 2008). Those developing sustainable approaches to chemicals manufacture require novel separation approaches to remove small amounts of potent inhibitors during feedstock preparation. Manufacturers of high-value products would benefit from higher recovery offered by more selective membranes.

In all these instances, higher selectivity separation processes will provide a step-change in productivity, a critical need for the UK economy, as highlighted in the UK Government's Industrial Strategy and by our industrial partners.

SynHiSel's vision is to create the high selectivity membranes needed to enable the adoption of a novel generation of emerging high-value/high-efficiency processes.

Our ambition is to change the way the global community perceives performance, with a primary focus on improved selectivity and its process benefits - while maintaining gains already made in permeance and longevity.

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