Desalination of sea water by direct osmosis

Richard E. Kravath, Joanna A. Davis

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Sea water can be desalinated by direct osmosis across a cellulose acetate membrane by using the osmotic pressure of a hypertonic glucose solution as the energy source. The resulting glucose solution is potable. This may prove useful for an emergency water supply in lifeboats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-155
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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