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Membranes, Volume 9, Issue 6 (June 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The incorporation of nanoparticles, nanosheets, and nanotubes into polymer matrices has been one [...] Read more. The incorporation of nanoparticles, nanosheets, and nanotubes into polymer matrices has been one approach to efficiently increase membrane permeate flux. Some drawbacks associated with the use of these nanomaterials are toxicity, unsustainability, high cost, and complex preparation methods. In this study, we introduce an alternative safe, sustainable, low-cost, and green nanomaterial—nanocellulose—that can be used as a promising additive to increase membrane flux by creating hydrophilic nanochannels in the membrane matrix. Nanocellulose-induced water channels are believed to be negatively charged due to the abundance of carboxylate moieties on the cellulose surface, which also enhance protein rejection of the membrane. View this paper