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Membrane Technology Department


Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG)

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

KIT Campus North

Building 352

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1

76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen




Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrea Iris Schäfer

Head of Membrane Technology Department

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Welcome to the Membrane Technology Department of IFG @ KIT


The Membrane Technology Department @ KIT was established in March 2014. The vision of MT is to contribute to solving societal challenges through outstanding research in the field of membrane material development through to application of membrane processes in water treatment.

This is achieved through striving for excellence in research, a focus on rigorous research methodology, thorough research training, passion about solving real life problems, extensive interdisciplinary collaboration with both (inter)national colleagues and industry partners who share our vision as well as brilliant ideas and bright minds who want to make an important contribution to life.

About 4000 children die each day due to lacking access to safe water. The health of many more is severely compromised due to increasing natural and anthropogenic water contamination. Membrane technology is experiencing an unprecedented boom in market uptake. Through more energy efficient and robust processes, the technology can be made accessible to all providing both safe water and significantly reduce environmental pollution.