Naturally Extracted Hydrophobic Solvent and Self-Assembly in Interfacial Polymerization
Hedhili, Mohamed N.
Ong, Chi Siang
Nunes, Suzana Pereira
KAUST DepartmentEnvironmental Science and Engineering Program
Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE) Division
Embargo End Date2022-09-12
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/671209
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AbstractPharmaceutical, chemical, and food industries are actively implementing membrane nanofiltration modules in their processes to separate valuable products and recover solvents. Interfacial polymerization (IP) is the most widely used method to produce thin-film composite membranes for nanofiltration and reverse osmosis processes. Although membrane processes are considered green and environmentally friendly, membrane fabrication has still to be further developed in such direction. For instance, the emission of volatile solvents during membrane production in the industry has to be carefully controlled for health reasons. Greener solvents are being proposed for phase-separation membrane manufacture. For the IP organic phase, the proposition of greener alternatives is in an early stage. In this work, we demonstrate the preparation of a high-performing composite membrane employing zero vapor pressure and naturally extracted oleic acid as the IP organic phase. Its long hydrophobic chain ensures intrinsic low volatility and acid monomer dissolution, while the polar head induces a unique self-assembly structure during the film formation. Membranes prepared by this technique were selective for small molecules with a molecular weight cutoff of 650 g mol–1 and a high permeance of ∼57 L m–2 h–1 bar–1.
CitationFalca, G., Musteata, V. E., Chisca, S., Hedhili, M. N., Ong, C., & Nunes, S. P. (2021). Naturally Extracted Hydrophobic Solvent and Self-Assembly in Interfacial Polymerization. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. doi:10.1021/acsami.1c07584
SponsorsThis work was sponsored by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society (ACS)