FAST Research Group

Fundamentals and Applications of Selective (separation) Technology

FAST Research Group

Fundamentals and Applications of Selective (separation) Technology


FAST Research Group

Fundamentals and Applications of Selective (separation) Technology


Roth R. S., Birnhack L., Avidar M., Hjelvik E. A., Straub A. P., Epsztein R. Effect of solution ions on the charge and performance of nanofiltration membranes. npj Clean Water 7 (1), 1-9 (2024)

Liu W., Livingston J. L., Wang L., Wang Z., del Cerro M., Younssi S. A., Epsztein R., Elimelech M., Lin S. Pressure-driven membrane desalinationNature Reviews Methods Primers 4, 10 (2024)



Liu M., Hong L., Zhu Y., Epsztein R., Shi T., Sun Y., Xu Z., Sun S. Constructing biocatalytic nanochannel membranes for unidirectional isomer conversion and separationAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers 69, e18187 (2023)

Jeong N., Epsztein R., Wang R., Park S., Kin S., & Tong T. Exploring the knowledge attained by machine learning on ion transport across polyeamide membranes using explainable artifical intelligence. Environmental Science & Technology 57, 17851-17862 (2023)

Peer-Haim O., Shefer I., Singh P., Nir O., & Epsztein R. The Adverse effect of concentration polarization on ion-ion selectivity in nanofiltration. Environmental Science & Technology Letters 10, 363-371 (2023)



Epsztein R. Intrinsic limitations of nanofiltration membranes to achieve precise selectivity in water-based separations. Frontiers in Membrane Science and Technology 1:1048416 (2022)

Shocron A. N., Roth R. S., Guyes E. N., Epsztein R., & Suss M. E. Comparison of ion selectivity in electrodialysis and capacitive deionizationEnvironmental Science & Technology Letters 9, 889-899 (2022

Shefer I., Peer-Haim O., & Epsztein R. Limited ion-ion selectivity of salt-rejecting membranes due to enthalpy-entropy compensation effect. Desalination 541, 116041 (2022

Shefer I., Lopez K., Straub A. P., & Epsztein R. Applying transition-state theory to explore transport and selectivity in salt-rejecting membranes: A critical review. Environmental Science & Technology 56, 7467-7483 (2022)

Pavluchkov V., Shefer I., Peer-Haim O., Blotevogel J., & Epsztein R. Indications of ion dehydration in diffusion-only and pressure-driven nanofiltration. Journal of Membrane Science 648, 120358 (2022

Ritt C. L., Liu M., Pham T. A., Epsztein R., Kulik H. J., & Elimelech M. Machine learning reveals key ion selectivity mechanisms in polymeric membranes with subnanometer pores. Science Advances 8, eabl5771 (2022



Shefer I., Peer-Haim O., Leifman O., & Epsztein R. Enthalpic and entropic selectivity of water and small ions in polyamide membranes. Environmental Science & Technology 55, 14863-14875 (2021

Zhou X., Heiranian N., Yang M., Epsztein R., Gong K., White CE., Hu S., Kim. J., & Elimelech M. Selective Fluoride transport in subnanometer TiO2 pores. ACS Nano 15, 16828-16838 (2021

Nativ P., Leifman O., Lahav O., & Epsztein R. Desalinated brackish water with improved mineral composition using monovalent-selective nanofiltration followed by reverse osmosis. Desalination 520, 115364 (2021

Keisar I., Desitti C., Beliavski M., Epsztein R., Tarre S., & Green M. A pressurized hydrogenotrophic denitrification reactor for removal of nitrates at high concentrations. Journal of Water Process Engineering 42, 102140 (2021



Zhou X., Wang Z., Epsztein R., Zhan C., Li W., Fortner J.D., Pham T. A., Kim J., & Elimelech M. Intrapore energy barriers govern ion transport and selectivity of desalination membranes. Science Advances 6, eabd9045 (2020

Epsztein R., DuChanois, R.M., Ritt, C.L., Noy A., & Elimelech M. Towards single-species selectivity of membranes with subnanometre pores. Nature Nanotechnology 15, 426-436 (2020

Patel S. K., Ritt C. L., Deshmukh A., Wang Z., Qin M., Epsztein R., & Elimelech M. The relative insignificance of advanced materials in enhancing the energy efficiency of desalination technologies. Energy & Environmental Science (2020) DOI: 10.1039/D0EE00341G

Malmir H., Epsztein R., Elimelech M., & Haji-Akbari A. Induced charge anisotropy: A hidden variable affecting ion transport through membranes. Matter 2, 735-750 (2020

Sigurdardottir S., Duchanois R. M., Epsztein R., Pinelo M., & Elimelech M. Energy barriers to anion transport in polyelectrolyte multilayer nanofiltration: Role of intra-pore diffusion. Journal of Membrane Science 603, 117921 (2020

Aydin F., Zhan C., Ritt., Epsztein R., Elimelech M., Schwegler E., & Pham T. A. Similarities and differences between potassium and ammonium ions in liquid water: A first-principles study. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 22, 2540-2548 (2020

Lester Y., Shaulsky E., Epsztein R., & Zucker I. Capacitive deionization for simultaneous removal of salt and uncharged organic contaminants from water. Separation and Purification Technology 237, 116388 (2020



Epsztein R., Shaulsky S., Qin M., & Elimelech M. Activation behavior for ion permeation in ion-exchange membranes: Role of ion dehydration in selective transport. Journal of Membrane Science 580, 316-326 (2019

Faucher S., Narayana A., Bazant M. Z., Elimelech M., Epsztein R., & Strano M. S. et al. Critical knowledge gaps in mass transport through single-digit nanopores: a review and perspective. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 123, 21309-21326 (2019

DuChanois R. M., Epsztein R., Trivedi J. A., & Elimelech M. Controlling pore structure of polyelectrolyte multilayer nanofiltration membranes by tuning polyelectrolyte-salt interactions. Journal of Membrane Science 581, 413-420 (2019

Qin M., Deshmukh A., Epsztein R., Patel S. K., Owoseni O. M., Walker W. S., & Elimelech M. Response to comments on “comparison of energy consumption in desalination by capacitive deionization and reverse osmosis”. Desalination 462, 48-55 (2019

Qin M., Deshmukh A., Epsztein R., Patel S. K., Owoseni O. M., Walker W. S., & Elimelech M. Comparison of energy consumption in desalination by capacitive deionization and reverse osmosis. Desalination 455, 100-114 (2019



Epsztein R., Shaulsky E., Dizge N., Warsinger D. M., & Elimelech M. Role of ionic charge density in Donnan exclusion of monovalent anions by nanofiltration. Environmental Science & Technology 52, 4108-4116 (2018

Dizge N., Epsztein R., Cheng W., Porter C. J., & Elimelech M. Biocatalytic and salt selective multilayer polyelectrolyte nanofiltration membrane. Journal of Membrane Science 549, 357-365 (2018

Epsztein R., Cheng W., Shaulsky E., Dizge N., & Elimelech M. Elucidating the mechanisms underlying the difference between chloride and nitrate rejection in nanofiltration. Journal of Membrane Science 548, 694-701 (2018

Cheng W., Liu C., Tong T., Epsztein R., Sun M., Verduzco R., Ma J., & Elimelech M. Selective removal of divalent cations by polyelectrolyte multilayer nanofiltration membrane: role of polyelectrolyte charge, ion size, and ionic strength. Journal of Membrane Science 559, 98-106 (2018

Epsztein R., Beliavski M., Tarre S., & Green M. Pressurized hydrogenotrophic denitrification reactor for small water systems. Journal of Environmental Management 216, 315-319 (2018



Epsztein R., Desitti C., Beliavski M., Tarre S., & Green M. Co-reduction of nitrate and perchlorate in a pressurized hydrogenotrophic reactor with complete H2 utilization. Chemical Engineering Journal 328, 133-140 (2017



Epsztein R., Beliavski M., Tarre S., & Green M. Simplified model for hydrogenotrophic denitrification in a novel unsaturated-flow pressurized reactor. Chemical Engineering Journal 306, 233-241 (2016

Epsztein R., Beliavski M., Tarre S,. & Green M. Submerged bed versus unsaturated flow reactor: a pressurized hydrogenotrpohic denitrification reactor as a case study. Chemosphere 161, 151-156 (2016

Epsztein R., Beliavski M., Tarre S., & Green M. High-rate hydrogenotrophic denitrification in a pressurized reactor. Chemical Engineering Journal 286, 578-584 (2016



Epsztein R., Nir O., Lahav O., & Green M. Selective nitrate removal from groundwater using a hybrid nanofiltration-reverse osmosis filtration scheme. Chemical Engineering Journal 279, 372-378 (2015



Naim R., Epsztein R., Felder A., Heyer M., Heijnen M., & Gitis V. Rethinking the role of in-line coagulation in tertiary membrane filtration of municipal effluents. Separation and Purification Technology 125, 11-20 (2014



Felder A., Epsztein R., Villensky N., and Gitis V. Optimization of coagulation pretreatment in desalination of municipal wastewater effluents. Desalination and Water Treatment 35, 62-67 (2011