Barrer Centre

The Barrer Centre

The Barrer Centre is an advanced research centre for cultivating fundamental knowledge and providing a focus for breakthrough research on membrane and adsorption science and technology. Based at Imperial College London and established in 2016, the Centre was named in honour of Richard Barrer, a distinguished Professor of Chemistry and former Head of the Chemistry Department at Imperial, who is credited with breakthrough research in polymer membranes and molecular transport in microporous media and establishing the field of zeolite research and its applications in industry.

Latest videos

Overview of the Barrer Centre

Professor Andrew Livingston (Director, Barrer Centre), and Dr Bradley Ladewig (Theme leader, Barrer Centre) provide a short overview of the Barrer Centre, its objectives, uniqueness and why they're excited to be a part of this new world-leading research centre in separation materials, science and engineering.

Overview of the Barrer Centre

Overview of the Barrer Centre

Overview of the Barrer Centre

Professor Andrew Livingston (Director, Barrer Centre), and Dr Bradley Ladewig (Theme leader, Barrer Centre) provide a short overview of the Barrer Centre, its objectives, uniqueness and why they're excited to be a part of this new world-leading research centre in separation materials, science and engineering.

Aims and hallmarks of the Barrer Centre

Aims and hallmarks of the Barrer Centre

Professor Andrew Livingston - Aims and hallmarks of the Barrer Centre

Professor Andrew Livingston, Director of the Barrer Centre provides an overview of the aims and hallmarks of the Barrer Centre.

Professor Nick Jennings launches the Barrer Centre

Professor Nick Jennings launches the Barrer Centre

Professor Nick Jennings (Vice-Provost, Research) launches the Barrer Centre

Professor Nick Jennings, Vice-Provost (Research) at Imperial College London, welcomes guests to the official launch of the Barrer Centre on 10 October 2016.

Professor Kang Li - Inorganic membranes

Professor Kang Li - Inorganic membranes

Professor Kang Li - Inorganic membranes

Professor Kang Li, Deputy Director of the Barrer Centre and Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering provides an overview of the work in his research group.

Dr Camille Petit - Structured adsorbents

Dr Camille Petit - Structured adsorbents

Dr Camille Petit - Structured adsorbents

Dr Camille Petit, Barrer Centre Theme Leader and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering provides an overview of the work in her research group.

Dr Bradley Ladewig - Advanced functional membrane materials

Dr Bradley Ladewig - Advanced functional membrane materials

Dr Bradley Ladewig - Advanced functional membrane materials

Dr Bradley Ladewig, Barrer Centre Theme Leader and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering provides an overview of the work in his research group.

Dr Qilei Song - Polymers of intrinsic microporosity

Dr Qilei Song - Polymers of intrinsic microporosity

Dr Qilei Song - Polymers of intrinsic microporosity

Dr Qilei Song, Barrer Centre Theme Leader and Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering provides an overview of the work in his research group. 

Bradley Ladewig - Membrane Research in the Barrer Centre

Bradley Ladewig - Membrane Research in the Barrer Centre

Bradley Ladewig talks about the research in his group, in the Barrer Centre in the Department of Che

Bradley Ladewig talks about the research in his group, in the Barrer Centre in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London

Pedal-powered water purification using membranes

Pedal-powered water purification using membranes

The Livingston Group at Imperial Festival 2016

The Livingston Group from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London perform research on the fabrication and application of molecular separation membranes with the overarching aim to reduce energy costs and increase efficiency of chemical separations in industry.
At Imperial Festival 2016 the group demonstrated the power of membranes to purify water by comparing the bicycle driven energy needed to purify water through distillation vs membrane purification ... the membrane bike won!

Andrew Livingston: Membranes for Separating Molecules

Andrew Livingston: Membranes for Separating Molecules

Professor Andrew Livingston's webinar on Membranes for Separating Molecules

Professor Andrew Livingston's webinar on Membranes for Separating Molecules. Held on 8 December 2016.

Watch to find out the latest advances on why membranes hold the key to reducing energy use, how to make membranes, using them for desalination, nanofiltration in organic liquids and the future of separation membranes.

Abstract

Membranes have had a huge impact on molecular separations in aqueous systems, especially for desalination where they can be used to separate water and salt. This can be achieved with far lower energy consumption than multiple effect evaporation, and so the Reverse Osmosis (RO) process using membranes has become well established.

It is generally accepted that 40-70% of capital and operating costs in industries from refining to pharmaceuticals are dedicated to separations; and a substantial fraction of this cost is related to processing of organic liquids. Membrane technology has the potential to also provide game changing alternatives for the processing of organic liquids, in the same way that it has done for aqueous systems.

This webinar described why membranes have been so successful in RO, how polymer membranes are made, and what the current challenges for aqueous RO membranes are. It then outlined some of the research being undertaken at Imperial College London to develop new membranes, for RO and for molecular separations in organic systems.

The development of the membrane separation industry

The development of the membrane separation industry

Dr Richard Baker on the development of the membrane separation industry -

The inaugural Barrer Lecture and Distinguished Chemical Engineering Seminar was given by Dr Richard Baker, Founder and Principal Scientist, Membrane Technology and Research Inc., on 10 October 2016 at Imperial College London.
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Membrane sheet making facility

Membrane sheet making facility

Making sheet membranes with Marcus Cook from the Livingston group.

Making sheet membranes with Marcus Cook from the Livingston group. Find out more at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/livingston-group

'Crumpled' filter has potential to slash energy consumption

'Crumpled' filter has potential to slash energy consumption

Imperial researchers from the Department have developed advanced membranes.

Engineers have developed an ultra-thin, super-strong membrane to filter liquids and gases, with the potential to cut energy consumption in industry. Find out more

Dr Patrizia Marchetti on membrane research

Dr Patrizia Marchetti on membrane research

Her research activity covers membrane-based separation processes

Patrizia Marchetti, research associate, Imperial College London – UK

Patrizia holds a BSc (2007) and MSc (2009) in chemical engineering from the Politecnico of Milan, Italy. She obtained her PhD degree under Marie Curie Actions from Imperial College London (2013). Her work at Imperial has been sponsored by Lanxess, a German polymer and specialty chemicals group, and more recently by GSK.

Her research activity covers the fields of pharmaceutical downstream, peptide chemistry, membrane-based separation processes, functional and nano-scale materials and advanced nanoparticle assembly, transport and process modelling.

Patrizia’s research achievements have resulted in several research articles and reviews in international scientific journals, two book chapters, a patent application and numerous presentations at renowned international conferences.

Why paper-thin filters could be key to cutting emissions

Why paper-thin filters could be key to cutting emissions

Audio story with Professor Andrew Livingston on his group's latest membrane research

In this audio story, Professor Andrew Livingston gives listeners the low-down on membranes and how they are used to make many products we need in our daily lives. He also carries out ‘frontier’ research, where he is pushing the boundaries membranes usage forward. He and his team have developed membranes that are made from nanoscopic, twisted, fusilli-like material. He talks about how industries such as the oil and gas sector could be the big winners by adopting this technology, which in the future could cut their emissions and save energy.