In the next decade, the application of membranes used in separation technology is set to expand dramatically. The world’s population tripled in the twentieth century, and is expected to increase by another 40%–50% in the next 50 years. Thus, technologies such as membrane separation, which improve the efficiency of resource management, must keep pace in order to meet the demands of the growing global society. Membranes play a crucial role in ensuring the optimum use and recovery of materials in industry. If we look at the case of clean water, there is a finite amount of water on the planet, and water as a resource cannot be replaced in the way that alternative fuel sources can replace petroleum. Global governance must manage water efficiently. Provision and efficient use of water, therefore, represents one of the most pressing challenges of the twenty-first century.
|Original language||English (US)|
|State||Published - 2015|