Amphiphobic PVDF composite membranes for anti-fouling direct contact membrane distillation

Lu, Xuemei and Peng, Yuelian and Ge, Lei ORCID: and Lin, Rijia and Zhu, Zhonghua and Liu, Shaomin (2016) Amphiphobic PVDF composite membranes for anti-fouling direct contact membrane distillation. Journal of Membrane Science, 505. pp. 61-69. ISSN 0376-7388


This study aimed to develop an effective method to fabricate the amphiphobic polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) composite membranes for membrane distillation (MD) with excellent tolerance to various organic foulants. A facial surface modification method was explored to obtain amphiphobic membranes with mechanical and thermal robustness by dynamically forming perfluorooctyl trichlorosilane (PFTS) and coating SiO2 nanoparticles onto the membrane surface. A variety of techniques such as environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM), Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron
spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), liquid entry pressure (LEP) measurement and contact angle goniometry were applied to examine the effects of surface modification on surface chemistry, morphology and wettability of the derived membranes. The surface modification conferred the modified membrane superhydrophobicity and oleophobicity, stemmed from micro-fluorinated SiO2 particles covering the membrane surface. The anti-fouling property of the pristine and modified membranes were examined in a direct contact membrane distillation (DCMD) process using sodium chloride solution containing three model foulants (hydrophobic, hydrophilic or amphiprotic). The dynamically formed SiO2-PFTS/PVDF-2 membranes exhibited good thermal and mechanical resistance for DCMD operation. DCMD test showed that the surface modification did not sacrifice the permeate flux and the salt rejection. By adding the organic foulants, the pristine membrane displayed severe permeate flux decay and salt penetration. In contrast, the modified membrane presented a stable permeate flux and high salt rejection with the presence of three foulants respectively. The anti-fouling and anti-wetting properties of the modified membrane could be attributed to the enhanced amphiphobicity of membrane surface.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2017 05:12
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2017 04:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: membrane distillation; amphiphobicity; anti-fouling; surface modification
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0904 Chemical Engineering > 090404 Membrane and Separation Technologies
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4004 Chemical engineering > 400409 Separation technologies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970103 Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
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