A Catechin/Cellulose Composite Membrane for Organic Solvent Nanofiltration

Mohamed H. Abdellah, Liliana Pérez-Manríquez, Tiara Puspasari, Colin A. Scholes, Sandra E. Kentish, Klaus-Viktor Peinemann

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In this work, a novel thin-film composite membrane composed of a polyester film on a cellulose support was successfully synthesised. The polyester film was formed from the interfacial reaction between catechin, a bio-derived poly-phenol, and terephthaloyl chloride (TPC). The cellulose support was prepared by non-solvent induced phase separation from a 12.5wt % cellulose dope solution in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ionic liquid. The composite membrane was characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy to confirm the success of the interfacial reaction. Scanning electron and atomic force microscopy were used to study the surface morphology and roughness of the membranes produced. The performance of the composite membranes in terms of solvent permeance and solute rejection was investigated by studying the rejection of a broad range of different molecular weight dyes in dimethylformamide (DMF) solution. The membranes showed an average DMF permeance of 1.2Lm-2 h-1 bar-1 with a molecular weight cut-off of around 500gmol-1. The membrane was stable in DMF over 30 days with no significant change in performance. The membrane has potential application in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-145
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Membrane Science
StatePublished - Sep 16 2018

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