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ACS Editors' Choice for Li-Chiang Lin

Li-Chiang Lin's article, "Atomistic Understanding of Zeolite Nanosheets for Water Desalination," recently published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, was selected to be featured in the April 11, 2017 ACS Editors' Choice in addition to being published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

As such, the article has been sponsored for immediate, free open access by ACS due to its potential for broad public interest, an honor given to only one article from the entire ACS portfolio each day of the year. 

Abstract: Reverse osmosis constitutes a large portion of currently operating commercial water desalination systems. Employing membranes with large water fluxes while maintaining high salt rejection is of central importance in decreasing the associated energy consumption and costs. The ultrathin-film nature of zeolite nanosheets and their versatile pore structures provides great opportunities in desalination. To push forward the development of zeolite nanosheets for water desalination, nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations were carried out to systematically study zeolites as RO membranes and establish fundamental structure-performance relationships. We have identified that zeolite nanosheets can achieve a high salt rejection rate close to 100% while allowing nearly 2 orders of magnitude higher water permeability than currently available membranes. Moreover, the effects of the pore density, inclusion of cages, and free energy barrier on water permeability and salt rejection are unraveled, leading to important insights toward the rational design of novel zeolite membranes.



"Atomistic Understanding of Zeolite Nanosheets for Water Desalination," Seyed Hossein Jamali†, Thijs J. H. Vlugt†, and Li-Chiang Lin*‡ 

† Engineering Thermodynamics, Process & Energy Department, Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime, and Materials Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Leeghwaterstraat 39, 2628CB Delft, The Netherlands 

‡ William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210, United States.

J. Phys. Chem. C, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b00214
Publication Date (Web): March 17, 2017

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