Dr. Alicia An’s paper is accepted to Nature Communications


Dr. Alicia An’s paper titled “Transforming Ti3C2Tx MXene’s intrinsic hydrophilicity into superhydrophobicity for efficient photothermal membrane desalination” is accepted to Nature Communications (Impact factor: 14.919 and it is in press now (DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-31028-6).

Membrane distillation is susceptible to thermal inefficiency and membrane wetting issues during seawater desalination.  In collaboration with Prof. Zuankai Wang (Department of Mechanical Engineering, CityU), the team designs a MXene-engineered membrane that imparts efficient localized photothermal effect and strong water repellency, achieving sustainable freshwater production.

thermal mass transfer