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Polymers 2019, 11(3), 473;

Preparation and Properties of Polyvinylidene Fluoride Nanocomposited Membranes based on Poly(N-Isopropylacrylamide) Modified Graphene Oxide Nanosheets

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
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Received: 8 January 2019 / Revised: 20 February 2019 / Accepted: 4 March 2019 / Published: 12 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymeric Thin Films and Membranes)
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The nanomaterial of graphene oxide grafting poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) (GO-g-PNIPAAm) was synthesized and PVDF/GO-g-PNIPAAm blended membranes were fabricated by wet phase inversion. In this work, a hydrophilic nanomaterial GO-g-PNIPAAm with poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) grafted on GO, was synthesized by the atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) method. The resulting nanomaterial was confirmed by scanning electron microscope (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectrum, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis. The synthesized GO-g-PNIPAAm was incorporated with polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) via phase inversion, and investigated for its temperature sensitivity, porosity, contact angle, scanning electron microscopy, and permeate properties. The water contact angle measurements confirmed that GO-g-PNIPAAm nanomaterial-endowed PVDF membranes with better hydrophilicity and thermo-responsive properties compared with those of the pristine PVDF membranes. Bovine serum albumin (BSA) adsorption experiments suggested that excellent antifouling properties of membranes were acquired after adding GO-g-PNIPAAm. The modified membranes showed good performance when the doping amount of GO-g-PNIPAAm was 0.2 wt %. View Full-Text
Keywords: GO-g-PNIPAAm; ATRP; thermo-responsive; PVDF; ultrafiltration membranes GO-g-PNIPAAm; ATRP; thermo-responsive; PVDF; ultrafiltration membranes

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Meng, X.; Ji, Y.; Yu, G.; Zhai, Y. Preparation and Properties of Polyvinylidene Fluoride Nanocomposited Membranes based on Poly(N-Isopropylacrylamide) Modified Graphene Oxide Nanosheets. Polymers 2019, 11, 473.

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