New book: Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination: Assessment and Pre-Treatment of Fouling and Scaling

Sergio Salinas, Jan Schippers and Maria Kennedy from IHE Delft (Netherlands), Gary L. Amy from Clemson University (USA) and In S. Kim from GIST (South Korea) have published the first edition of Seawater Reverse Osmosis Desalination: Assessment and Pre-treatment of Fouling and Scaling (IWA Publishing, London).

Desalination as a method to provide clean drinking water has become vital – particularly in a context where drought, water scarcity and rapid quality decrease of water bodies have become an undeniable reality. After more than half a century of membrane-based desalination, fouling and scaling are still a dominant challenge. In membrane technologies, in particular, fouling and scaling are a major issue with respect to design, operation, reliability of the technologies and cost.

This textbook covers theory and practice and is intended for designers, operators, consultants, suppliers and students. Principles of ultra- and nanofiltration and reverse osmosis (RO) are discussed, enabling the reader to understand the link between design, operation and fouling and scaling. Fouling (particulate, organic -including algal bloom events, inorganic, and biofouling) and scaling are treated in detail, including parameters to determine fouling and scaling potential of feed waters. Principles of conventional and advanced pre-treatment processes are highlighted and their effect on preventing fouling and scaling. In addition, the process design of RO systems and the recent advances in seawater RO and emerging membrane-based processes for seawater desalination are presented.

The electronic version of the book (PDF format) is open access under the CC BY-NC-ND license. Link to download:

The hardback copy of the book (available from 15 May) can be ordered from IWA Publishing:

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