Superhydrophobic coated micro-porous carbon foam membrane and method for solar-thermal driven desalination

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16583593

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A solar membrane distillation apparatus includes a housing comprising a light transmitting wall. A solar distillation membrane is positioned in the housing to receive solar radiation transmitted through the light transmitting wall. The solar distillation membrane includes a porous graphitic foam and a coating of a hydrophobic composition on the surface and pores of the graphitic foam. A water chamber within the housing is provided for retaining water adjacent to the solar distillation membrane. A vapor chamber is provided for collecting water vapor distilling through the solar distillation membrane. A condenser is provided for condensing distilled water vapor from the vapor chamber into liquid water. A separation membrane and a method of solar distillation are also disclosed.

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UT-BATTELLE LLCONE BETHEL VALLEY ROAD 4500N MS-6258 OAK RIDGE TN 37831-6258

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Datskos, Panos G Golden, US 4 3
Hu, Michael Oak Ridge, US 19 82
Jang, Gyoung Gug Knoxville, US 2 2
Klett, James William Knoxville, US 5 4
McFarlane, Joanna Oak Ridge, US 6 18

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