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Polymers 2017, 9(12), 718;

PVDF Membrane Morphology—Influence of Polymer Molecular Weight and Preparation Temperature

Departament d’ Enginyeria Química, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Av. dels Països Catalans 26, 43007 Tarragona, Spain
Faculty of Chemistry, A. Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89b, 61-614 Poznan, Poland
Centre Tecnològic de la Química de Catalunya, Carrer de Marcel·lí Domingo, 43007 Tarragona, Spain
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Received: 13 November 2017 / Revised: 12 December 2017 / Accepted: 13 December 2017 / Published: 15 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymeric Membranes)
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In this study, we successfully prepared nine non-woven, supported polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes, using a phase inversion precipitation method, starting from a 15 wt % PVDF solution in N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone. Various membrane morphologies were obtained by using (1) PVDF polymers, with diverse molecular weights ranging from 300 to 700 kDa, and (2) different temperature coagulation baths (20, 40, and 60 ± 2 °C) used for the film precipitation. An environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) was used for surface and cross-section morphology characterization. An atomic force microscope (AFM) was employed to investigate surface roughness, while a contact angle (CA) instrument was used for membrane hydrophobicity studies. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) results show that the fabricated membranes are formed by a mixture of TGTG’ chains, in α phase crystalline domains, and all-TTTT trans planar zigzag chains characteristic to β phase. Moreover, generated results indicate that the phases’ content and membrane morphologies depend on the polymer molecular weight and conditions used for the membranes’ preparation. The diversity of fabricated membranes could be applied by the End User Industries for different applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: PVDF membrane; coagulation bath temperature; polymer molecular weight PVDF membrane; coagulation bath temperature; polymer molecular weight

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Haponska, M.; Trojanowska, A.; Nogalska, A.; Jastrzab, R.; Gumi, T.; Tylkowski, B. PVDF Membrane Morphology—Influence of Polymer Molecular Weight and Preparation Temperature. Polymers 2017, 9, 718.

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