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Polysulfone/Polyamide-SiO2 Composite Membrane with High Permeance for Organic Solvent Nanofiltration

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Key Laboratory of Urban Pollutant Conversion, Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen 361021, China
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
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Membranes 2018, 8(4), 89;
Received: 30 August 2018 / Revised: 26 September 2018 / Accepted: 27 September 2018 / Published: 3 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanostructured Membranes)
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To improve the filtration performance and properties of organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN) membranes, we firstly introduce nanoporous silica (SiO2) particles into the polyamide (PA) active layer of polysulfone (PSf) membrane via an interfacial polymerization process. Results from the study revealed that introduction of SiO2 influenced the properties of PSf/PA-SiO2 composite membranes by changing the surface roughness and hydrophilicity. Moreover, results also indicated that nanoporous SiO2 modified membranes showed an improved performance of alcohols solvent permeance. The PSf/PA-SiO2 composite membrane modified by 0.025 wt % of SiO2 reached a permeance of 3.29 L m−2 h−1 bar−1 for methanol and 0.42 L m−2 h−1 bar−1 for ethanol, which were 20.0% and 13.5% higher than the control PSf membrane (permeance of 2.74 L m−2 h−1 bar−1 for methanol and 0.37 L m−2 h−1 bar−1 for ethanol). Conclusively, we demonstrated that the increase of membrane hydrophilicity and roughness were major factors contributing to the improved alcohols solvent permeance of the membranes. View Full-Text
Keywords: silica; polysulfone; composite membrane; polyamide silica; polysulfone; composite membrane; polyamide

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Liu, Q.; Wu, X.; Zhang, K. Polysulfone/Polyamide-SiO2 Composite Membrane with High Permeance for Organic Solvent Nanofiltration. Membranes 2018, 8, 89.

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