Composite Membrane Formation by Combination of Reaction-Induced and Nonsolvent-Induced Phase Separation

Jamaliah Aburabie, Luis Francisco Villalobos, Klaus-Viktor Peinemann

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A novel method of preparing skinned asymmetric membranes with two distinctive layers is described: a top layer composed of chemically cross-linked polymer chains (dense layer) and a bottom layer of non-cross-linked polymer chains (porous substructure). The method consists of two simple steps that are compatible with industrial membrane fabrication facilities. Unlike conventional processes to prepare asymmetric membranes, with this approach it is possible to finely control the structure and functionalities of the final membrane. The thickness of the dense layer can be easily controlled over several orders of magnitude and targeted functional groups can be readily incorporated in it.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1700131
JournalMacromolecular Materials and Engineering
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 24 2017

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