Development of polysulfone membranes for bacteria immobilization to remove phenol

Tai Shung Chung*, Kai Chee Loh, Hui Leng Tay

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The feasibility of developing polysulfone (PS) membranes to partially immobilize Pseudomonas to remove phenol was investigated. In a free suspension system, the bacteria were able to grow optimally at 300 mg/L of phenol and degraded phenol almost completely in about 26 h. In a cell-immobilized membrane system, the cell growth and phenol concentration profile in the medium were very similar to those obtained in a free-suspension culture if phenol concentration was 300 mg/L. Partial cell immobilization occurred when phenol concentration decreased to about 600 mg/L.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2585-2594
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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