Membrane & Catalysis

CSIRO Manufacturing provides complete solutions for industry through our expertise in environmental catalysis, as well as membrane materials and process development. We provide a fully integrated service including R&D, process development and pilot-scale manufacture. (refer to poster, membrane first)

Sustainable solutions

New, customised materials and processes can help manufacturers lessen their environmental impact, lower cost and enhance performance. We possess extensive experience and capabilities in advanced material synthesis, catalyst and membrane characterisation and testing. Our expertise has seen us work alongside the mining and minerals, water treatment, textile, pulp and paper, dairy, chemical and energy sectors internationally. We have the experience, expertise and equipment to advise on everything from evaluating and optimising existing catalysts and membranes, to developing entirely new technologies for industry.

Testing, characterisation and fabrication

Our facilities include:

  • Lab-scale membrane testing, including microfiltration (MF), ultrafiltration (UF), nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO), pervaporation (PV), membrane distillation (MD) and forward osmosis (FO)
  • Catalyst and membrane characterisation such as BET, TPR/TPD, Porosimeter, TOC/COD, UV-Vis and GC/GCMS.
  • Catalyst fabrication with reliable, cost-effective and customisable flow chemistry
  • Simulated industrial flue gas reactor system
  • Customisable flat sheet and hollow fibre membrane fabrication
  • Membrane module assembly

What we do

Catalysis and Membranes - what we do

Interacting with industry

  • Short term consultancy to evaluate the performance of existing catalysts/membranes for materials/process evaluation
  • Medium term interaction to modify/optimise the performance of existing catalysts/membranes for process improvement
  • Long term interaction to develop new catalysts/membranes and demonstrate for new applications

Our industry partners range from mining & minerals, water treatment, textile, pulp & paper, dairy, chemical and energy sectors. We have collaborated with large multi-national (e.g. Alcoa, KCA and Fonterra) and local companies (e.g. Orica, CFCL and CSI) in diverse projects with well recognised capability from materials/processes development to technology transfer.