Poly(vinylidene fluoride)-Based Membranes for Microalgae Filtration

Marbelia, L. and Bilad, M.R. and Maes, S. and Arafat, H.A. and Vankelecom, I.F.J. (2018) Poly(vinylidene fluoride)-Based Membranes for Microalgae Filtration. Chemical Engineering and Technology, 41 (7). pp. 1305-1312.

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Two poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membrane modification approaches, i.e., poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) modification and sulfonation, were applied and investigated to produce a fouling-resistant membrane for microalgae filtration. Both methods were able to alter the membrane surface to become more hydrophilic. However, clean water permeance increased only for the PVP-modified membranes, while the sulfonated membranes underwent a significant morphology transformation to a denser membrane and thus lower permeance. Microalgae filtration with PVP-modified membranes showed less fouling compared to the pristine one, particularly in the beginning of the filtration, indicating that fouling reduction on these membranes mainly occurs in the initial fouling stage. Fouling is also found to be influenced by the microalgae species, possibly due to the different properties of the formed cake layer. © 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Algae; Fluorine compounds; Fouling; Hydrophilicity; Membranes; Microorganisms, Hydrophilic modification; Membrane modification; Micro-algae; Morphology transformations; Poly (vinylidene fluoride)(PVDF); Poly(vinylidene fluoride); Polyvinyl pyrrolidone; Sulfonated membranes, Microfiltration
Departments / MOR / COE:Research Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Building
ID Code:21476
Deposited By: Ahmad Suhairi
Deposited On:25 Sep 2018 06:32
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