Molecules 2012, 17(2), 1916-1928; doi:10.3390/molecules17021916
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Synthesis and Characterization of Hybrid Molecularly Imprinted Polymer (MIP) Membranes for Removal of Methylene Blue (MB)

1 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia 2 Department of Science and Mathematics, Faculty of Science, Technology and Human Development, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Parit Raja 86400, Johor, Malaysia 3 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti of Putra Malaysia, Serdang 43400, Selangor, Malaysia 4 Institute of Advanced Technology (ITMA), Universiti of Putra Malaysia, Serdang 43400, Selangor, Malaysia
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Received: 15 December 2011; in revised form: 2 February 2012 / Accepted: 3 February 2012 / Published: 15 February 2012
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Abstract: This work reports the synthesis and characterization of a hybrid molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) membrane for removal of methylene blue (MB) in an aqueous environment. MB-MIP powders were hybridized into a polymer membrane (cellulose acetate (CA) and polysulfone (PSf)) after it was ground and sieved (using 90 µm sieve). MB-MIP membranes were prepared using a phase inversion process. The MB-MIP membranes were characterized using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). Parameters investigated for the removal of MB by using membrane MB-MIP include pH, effect of time, concentration of MB, and selectivity studies. Maximum sorption of MB by PSf-MB-MIP membranes and CA-MB-MIP membranes occurred at pH 10 and pH 12, respectively. The kinetic study showed that the sorption of MB by MB-MIP membranes (PSf-MB-MIP and CA-MB-MIP) followed a pseudo-second-order-model and the MB sorption isotherm can be described by a Freundlich isotherm model.
Keywords: molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP); MB-MIP membrane; methylene blue (MB); cellulose acetate (CA); polysulfone (PSf)

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Asman, S.; Yusof, N.A.; Abdullah, A.H.; Haron, M.J. Synthesis and Characterization of Hybrid Molecularly Imprinted Polymer (MIP) Membranes for Removal of Methylene Blue (MB). Molecules 2012, 17, 1916-1928.

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Asman S, Yusof NA, Abdullah AH, Haron MJ. Synthesis and Characterization of Hybrid Molecularly Imprinted Polymer (MIP) Membranes for Removal of Methylene Blue (MB). Molecules. 2012; 17(2):1916-1928.

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Asman, Saliza; Yusof, Nor Azah; Abdullah, Abdul Halim; Haron, Md Jelas. 2012. "Synthesis and Characterization of Hybrid Molecularly Imprinted Polymer (MIP) Membranes for Removal of Methylene Blue (MB)." Molecules 17, no. 2: 1916-1928.

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