Application of thin film cellulose composite membrane for dye wastewater reuse

Tiara Puspasari, Klaus-Viktor Peinemann

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The use of low cost membranes with high salt/dye selectivity and high flux is ideal for an economic and eco-friendly treatment of dye wastewater. Here, regenerated cellulose membranes prepared from trimethylsilyl cellulose are studied for treating artificial dye effluents. In the experiments using a feed containing Congo Red and high NaCl concentration, the membrane featured impressive dye removal with zero salt rejection combined with high flux. More interestingly, the membrane reached as much as 600 LMH flux at 80 °C and 4 bar while maintaining high dye rejection close to 98%. In prolonged experiments up to 75 h the membrane exhibited good antifouling behavior with nearly 100% flux recovery. This study may provide a promising alternative of dye effluent treatment where high amounts of monovalent salts are present. © 2016
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)176-182
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Water Process Engineering
StatePublished - Sep 22 2016

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This research was carried out under funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST, Saudi Arabia), Center of Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials. The authors thank Ali Behzad for SEM analysis.


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