Hongbo Du

Dr. Hongbo Du received his BSc and MSc degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Beijing Forestry University, China, and his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University, USA. He is currently a researcher in the NSF CREST Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability, Prairie View A&M University, a member of the Texas A&M University System. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Arkansas, for 3 years. Dr. Du has published 18 journal papers and 2 book chapters and made 49 presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. His research interests are shale gas and oil-produced water treatment with photocatalysis and forward osmosis membranes, membrane surface modifications, thermo-responsive membranes, carbon capture with polyamine-functionalized nanomaterials, and environmental sustainability.

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Osmotically driven membrane processes (ODMPs) including forward osmosis (FO) and pressure-retarded osmosis (PRO) have attracted increasing attention in fields such as water treatment, desalination, power generation, and life science. In contrast to pressure-driven membrane processes, e.g., reverse osmosis, which typically employs applied high pressure as driving force, ODMPs take advantages of naturally generated osmotic pressure as the sole source of driving force. In light of this, ODMPs possess many advantages over pressure-driven membrane processes. The advantages include low energy consumption, ease of equipment maintenance, low capital investment, high salt rejection, and high water flux. In the past decade, over 300 academic papers on ODMPs have been published in a variety of application fields. The number of such publications is still rapidly growing. The ODMPs' approach, fabrications, recent development and applications in wastewater treatment, power generation, seawater desalination, and gas absorption are presented in this book.

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