Functionalization of a Hydrophilic Commercial Membrane Using Inorganic-Organic Polymers Coatings for Membrane Distillation
AbstractMembrane distillation is a thermal separation technique using a microporous hydrophobic membrane. One of the concerns with respect to the industrialization of the technique is the development of novel membranes. In this paper, a commercially available hydrophilic polyethersulfone membrane with a suitable structure for membrane distillation was modified using available hydrophobic coatings using ORMOCER® technology to obtain a hydrophobic membrane that can be applied in membrane distillation. The surface modification was performed using a selection of different components, concentrations, and application methods. The resulting membranes can have two hydrophobic surfaces or a hydrophobic and hydrophilic surface depending on the application method. An extensive characterization procedure confirmed the suitability of the coating technique and the obtained membranes for membrane distillation. The surface contact angle of water could be increased from 27° up to 110°, and fluxes comparable to membranes commonly used for membrane distillation were achieved under similar process conditions. A 100 h test demonstrated the stability of the coating and the importance of using sufficiently stable base membranes. View Full-Text
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Eykens, L.; Rose, K.; Dubreuil, M.; De Sitter, K.; Dotremont, C.; Pinoy, L.; Van der Bruggen, B. Functionalization of a Hydrophilic Commercial Membrane Using Inorganic-Organic Polymers Coatings for Membrane Distillation. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 637.
Eykens L, Rose K, Dubreuil M, De Sitter K, Dotremont C, Pinoy L, Van der Bruggen B. Functionalization of a Hydrophilic Commercial Membrane Using Inorganic-Organic Polymers Coatings for Membrane Distillation. Applied Sciences. 2017; 7(6):637.Chicago/Turabian Style
Eykens, Lies; Rose, Klaus; Dubreuil, Marjorie; De Sitter, Kristien; Dotremont, Chris; Pinoy, Luc; Van der Bruggen, Bart. 2017. "Functionalization of a Hydrophilic Commercial Membrane Using Inorganic-Organic Polymers Coatings for Membrane Distillation." Appl. Sci. 7, no. 6: 637.
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