Technical membranes are the tool of choice for the separation of complex mixtures. At Fraunhofer IGB we develop innovative membranes for a broad range of applications, such as membrane adsorber for water treatment, membranes for the separation of hydrogen or oxygen or membranes for medical devices. We can manufacture flat and hollow fiber membranes both of polymer and ceramic materials. Our production capabilities go from a lab up to a pilot scale.
Polymer materials offer convincing advantages, like cost, processibility and broad range of applications. Polymers, we are working with, comprise commercially available ones, their modifications and self-made (block-co-) polymers by e.g. radical polymerization. Polymer membranes can be further optimized by adding particle fillers to come to tailor-made mixed-matrix membranes. If the application requires more extreme conditions e.g. regarding temperature we are working with full ceramic membranes.