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Preparation of Layer-by-Layer Nanofiltration Membranes by Dynamic Deposition and Crosslinking

School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130, China
Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010, Australia
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Membranes 2019, 9(2), 20;
Received: 17 December 2018 / Revised: 9 January 2019 / Accepted: 11 January 2019 / Published: 24 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mass Transfer in Membranes)
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In recent decades, the advancements in layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly technology have provoked increasing interest in the preparation of multilayer polyelectrolyte membranes with excellent performance. In the current study, a novel nanofiltration (NF) membrane was prepared by pressure-driven layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly of polyethylenimine (PEI) and polyacrylicacid (PAA) on a porous substrate with chemical crosslinking. The effect of deposition pressure on separation performance of the prepared membranes was studied. The surface morphology, hydrophilicity and the charge property of the dynamically-deposited membranes were compared with those prepared by static adsorption. The characterization results showed that dynamic deposition process resulted in a smoother membrane surface with improved hydrophilicity. The mechanism of water-path formation was proposed to interpret the effect of pressure on the membrane performance. Glutaraldehyde (GA) was used as a crosslinker to reduce the number of polyelectrolyte bilayers for obtaining good separation performance. The rejections of different inorganic salts of the dynamically-deposited NF membrane were also investigated. View Full-Text
Keywords: nanofiltration membrane; polyelectrolyte; dynamic deposition; crosslinking nanofiltration membrane; polyelectrolyte; dynamic deposition; crosslinking

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Liu, Y.; Chen, G.Q.; Yang, X.; Deng, H. Preparation of Layer-by-Layer Nanofiltration Membranes by Dynamic Deposition and Crosslinking. Membranes 2019, 9, 20.

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