Editorial: Future Perspectives on Separation Technologies

Eric Tan, Evangelos Favvas, Adele Brunetti

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Sustainable separation process development is crucial in promoting economic and environmental sustainability. Separation processes can be energy-intensive, and early-stage or emerging separation technologies can also be costly. For instance, separations in biomass-based fuels and chemicals production can account for up to 50% of the production cost, while industrial separations can consume up to 15% of the total energy used in the United States. Separations are essential to many industrial processes and play a crucial role in helping industry achieve several United Nations sustainable development goals (SDG), such as clean energy, responsible production, and climate change mitigation. Therefore, it is imperative to have a comprehensive discussion within the scientific community to identify innovative approaches for sustainable separation processes. This editorial highlights the key insights and research findings presented in this research topic titled "Future Perspectives on Separation Technologies."
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages3
JournalFrontiers in Sustainability
StatePublished - 2024

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5100-89508


  • climate change
  • decarbonization
  • separation technologies
  • sustainability
  • sustainable engineering

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