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Water treatment is required for a sustainable potable water supply and can be leveraged to harvest valuable elements. Crucial to these processes is the removal of charge pH-dependent species from polluted water, such as boron, ammonia, and phosphate. These species can be challenging for conventional technologies. Currently, boron removal requires several reverse-osmosis stages, combined with dosing a caustic agent. Capacitive deionization (CDI) promises to enable effective removal of such species without chemical additives. Here, we provide a detailed theory tackling this topic and show both theoretically and experimentally highly counterintuitive design rules governing pH-dependent ion removal by CDI.

We are delighted to share with you that the next 6th International Conference on Capacitive Deionization and Electrosorption (CDI&E) will take place in Taipei city in 2023. Taking this opportunity, we sincerely invite you to join us at this conference and take advantage of this special occasion to renew contacts, exchange ideas, and share your research findings of CDI. We are confident that this conference will strongly contribute to maintaining and further improving the CDI technology from theory to practice. We hope that you can enjoy the generosity, hospitality and kindness of Taipei city and look forward to meeting you in the near future.

CDI&E 2023 organizing comittee

We thank all that attended and actively participated in the Virtual Atlanta CDI&E 2021. We were pleased to have ~150 registered attendees and nearly > 100 people attend every day. We also had 40 fantastic talks, and 50 engaging posters. Many of which were from students and post-doctoral scholars. While we would have rather host you all in person, we valued the opportunity to continue the tradition of having CDI&E every two years. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2023 in Taiwan, and hope everyone has a safe and healthy remainder of the season (summer/winter). 

Best regards,
Marta Hatzell, Roland Cusick and Xiao Su

Many times when I passed by the conference venue of our 2019 CDI&E conference, it reminds me of the wonderful days we were together to share our passion and knowledge towards better understanding and application of CDI-related technologies. Those CDI&E conferences held every other year have been great opportunities for all top researchers and engineers in this field to meet and communicate in person. However, due to the attack of COVID-19 which greatly affects the ways of our living and working, organizers of 2021 conference have decided to move it online. I believe it will be a great opportunity for us to meet and share again.
Despite those changes, CDI research is not at a standstill at all. Up to 380 papers have been published in Web of Science indexed journals in the year 2020, 50 papers more than last year. With considerable difficulties to perform experimental studies, many research groups have been making great efforts on reviewing works and published them in top journals.
These remarkable contributions allow CDI to retain its hot-topic status in the field of environmental science and technology through this year, which also gives all communities great happiness and confidence to pursue our research. I would like to wish you a happy and fruitful new year. And again,

I look forward to seeing you all at CDI&E 2021 conference.
- Prof. Dr.Peng Liang,
   Chairman - CDI&E working group.

We are less than four months away from the next CDI&E conference, to be held from May 11 onward in Atlanta, USA. As you may understand, we had to decide to move this year's conference online, but it will be just as important as ever to attend and to present your work to your colleagues, and learn from each other. While we all wish to meet in person, one advantage of the online format is that it will allow for more individuals to participate, and we will aim to keep costs low. 
We are pleased to inform that abstract submissions are now accepted for the upcoming CDI&E virtual 2021 conference through our conference website Deadline for abstract submissions is: March 8th, 2021.
More information regarding the virtual platform, conference timing, and cost will be announced on the conference website. We anticipate registration cost around $100 USD, with a reduced fee for graduate students. Registration information will be sent to you after your abstract has been received. 

Best regards,
Marta Hatzell, Roland Cusick and Xiao Su

Yesterday a new OPEN ACCESS review was published in the prestigious RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science (impact factor 33), which was composed by an international consortium of authors from The Netherlands (Wageningen University & Research, Wetsus), USA (Yale University), Israel (Technion), South Korea (Seoul National University), and China (Tsinghua University). It features a comprehensive analysis of different approaches in utilizing capacitive deionization (CDI) for selective ion separation, as well as a new theory of selective ion separation for intercalation materials. Please access the paper here, and a recent press release can be found here.

Maarten Biesheuvel (Wetsus) and Jouke Dykstra (Wageningen University), members of the CDI&E working group, are pleased to announce the release of their second book in their series on “Physics of Electrochemical Processes”. This book focuses more strongly on electrode processes and is therefore relevant to the CDI community. Both books can still be downloaded free-of-charge from the website

The new book is titled “Introduction to Physics of Electrochemical Processes” and focuses on electrode processes. One of the topics addressed is the important difference between Faradaic processes that can run forever such as fuel cells, and capacitive (i.e., non-Faradaic) processes, such as ion storage in porous electrodes, where the electrode structure continuously changes upon charging and discharging the electrode, irrespective of the details of the chemistry of the electrode material. Your comments are welcome and can be addressed to the authors via the website. To be updated on new releases, please visit the website, and leave your email address there.

A new open access paper was recently published in Desalination that compares the energy use of RO and CDI.

Porada et al. “Energy consumption in membrane capacitive deionization and comparison with reverse osmosis”, Desalination (2020), 

According to the authors, "the work presents the first fair energy consumption comparison of desalination with MCDI and RO. The comparison is based on experimental data, and the data is compared with results from state-of-the-art theoretical models. We find that the energy consumption difference between RO and CDI is much less than recently reported by the group of Prof. Elimelech (Yale, USA), see weblink."

The authors emphasize that two technologies can only be compared when all metrics are used in the same uniform way, and when for each technology state-of-the-art is considered. A new operational mode for CDI is introduced with a long "hold time" during salt release, leading to unprecedented high values of water recovery obtained in CDI with high feed water salinity of 40 mM NaCl solution. 


We are honored to introduce the 5th International conference on capacitive deionization and electrosorption, which will take place in Atlanta, GA, United States on May 11th-14th, 2021.  The conference will be a good forum for CDI researchers to present new results, draw inspiration, and direct future growth into CDI&E research. We would be grateful for your attendance and participation in this event. To stay up to date with conference preparations, please see our conference website ( or follow us on Twitter (@CDIe_2021).