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dc.contributor.authorFrancis, Lijo
dc.contributor.authorMaab, Husnul
dc.contributor.authorAlsaadi, Ahmad Salem
dc.contributor.authorNunes, Suzana Pereira
dc.contributor.authorGhaffour, NorEddine
dc.contributor.authorAmy, Gary L.
dc.identifier.citationFrancis, L., Maab, H., AlSaadi, A., Nunes, S., Ghaffour, N., & Amy, G. L. (2013). Fabrication of electrospun nanofibrous membranes for membrane distillation application. Desalination and Water Treatment, 51(7-9), 1337–1343. doi:10.1080/19443994.2012.700037
dc.description.abstractNanofibrous membranes of Matrimid have been successfully fabricated using an electrospinning technique under optimized conditions. Nanofibrous membranes are found to be highly hydrophobic with a high water contact angle of 130°. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and pore size distribution analysis revealed the big pore size structure of electrospun membranes to be greater than 2 μm and the pore size distribution is found to be narrow. Flat sheet Matrimid membranes were fabricated via casting followed by phase inversion. The morphology, pore size distribution, and water contact angle were measured and compared with the electrospun membranes. Both membranes fabricated by electrospinning and phase inversion techniques were tested in a direct contact membrane distillation process. Electrospun membranes showed high water vapor flux of 56 kg/m2-h, which is very high compared to the casted membrane as well as most of the fabricated and commercially available highly hydrophobic membranes. ©2013 Desalination Publications.
dc.publisherInforma UK Limited
dc.rightsThis is the author's accepted manuscript version. The final article was published in the journal Desalination and Water Treatment in 2013 with the DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2012.700037
dc.subjectMembrane distillation
dc.subjectWater vapor flux
dc.titleFabrication of electrospun nanofibrous membranes for membrane distillation application
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Science and Engineering Program
dc.contributor.departmentNanostructured Polymeric Membrane Lab
dc.contributor.departmentPhysical Science and Engineering (PSE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentWater Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)
dc.identifier.journalDesalination and Water Treatment
kaust.personFrancis, Lijo
kaust.personMaab, Husnul
kaust.personAlsaadi, Ahmad Salem
kaust.personNunes, Suzana Pereira
kaust.personGhaffour, Noreddine
kaust.personAmy, Gary L.

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