Dr. Belfer’s main research interest lies in the field of reactive polymer preparation and application. For many years she has been involved in projects supported by Israeli Industry (Dead Sea Works) as well as the Ministry of Trade & Commerce and the Ministry of Science in relation to the synthesis of selective ion exchange resins and their applications to different separation processes. During the last eight years, Dr. Belfer has been involved in projects related to membrane technology. In particular, she has been involved in developing the process of chemical modification of commercial RO membranes, in order to make them much less prone to fouling (supported by MEDRC). This process has also been adopted for UF and NF membranes (OLAPS project supported by ES). At the same time, she has been part of a team developing an analytical method for characterization of novel membranes using ATR-FTIR spectral technique.
During 2007-2008 Dr.Belfer is headed the project of preparation the new NF capillaries membranes based on UF membranes from Norit (X-flow, Netherland) company. During 2008 year such membranes have been prepared, tested at BGU and send to Norit. On November 2008 Dr.Belfer visited the pilot of Norit located in Netherland, where she took part in testing the new membrane in the process of surface water treatment. The results were good and it was decided to continue the cooperation