Nanostructured membranes in analytical chemistry

Madhuleena Bhadra, Somenath Mitra

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Sample-preparation techniques based on membrane extraction can be highly selective, provide high enrichment and facilitate on-line measurements. Membranes also provide a platform for automated analysis via interfacing with analytical instruments. With the development of nanomaterials, which can serve as nanosorbents or provide specific morphology for selective analyte transport, membrane-based sample preparation may be ready for the next level of breakthrough. This review discusses nanostructured membranes, their fabrication and their potential applications. Of particular interest are carbon-nanotube-based membranes that have found some interesting applications in extraction, pervaporation and distillation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-263
Number of pages16
JournalTrAC - Trends in Analytical Chemistry
StatePublished - Apr 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy


  • Carbon-nanotube membrane
  • Distillation
  • Extraction
  • Membrane extraction
  • Nanogold
  • Nanostructured membrane
  • On-line membrane extraction
  • Pervaporation
  • Sample preparation
  • Zeolite


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