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Direct Membrane Emulsification

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In the early 1990s, Nakashima and Shimizu (1991) introduced membrane technology for emulsion preparation by the direct emulsification method (DME). In DME, the dispersed phase is directly fed through the membrane pores and emulsion droplet formation takes place on the other side of the membrane, which is in contact with the continuous phase (Fig. 1). Here, droplets can detach after reaching a critical dimension either for spontaneous deformation (Static Membrane Emulsification,) or as a consequence of the shear stress generated by moving the membrane or the continuous phase (Dynamic Membrane Emulsification.

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  • Nakashima T, Shimizu M, Kukizaki M (1991) Membrane emulsification by microporous glass, Key Engineering Materials, 61/62: 513–516

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Piacentini, E., Imbrogno, A., Holdich, R.G. (2016). Direct Membrane Emulsification. In: Drioli, E., Giorno, L. (eds) Encyclopedia of Membranes. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-44324-8_182

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