Thin Film Polyamide Membranes with Photoresponsive Antibacterial Activity

Duong Phuoc, Pei-Ying Hong, Valentina-Elena Musteata, Klaus-Viktor Peinemann, Suzana Pereira Nunes

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Membranes containing a photosensitizer molecule as part of the selective layer are proposed with demonstrated anti-biofouling activity. For the membrane preparation, mixtures of an amine-functionalized photosensitizer molecule, (5,10,15,20-(tetra-4-aminophenyl)porphyrin) and m-phenylene diamine (MPD) reacted with trimesoyl chloride (TMC) by interfacial polymerization to form thin polyamide films on top of an asymmetric porous support. A highly permeable membrane (35.4 Lm−2h−1bar−1) with 99 % rejection of Brilliant Blue R (826 g/mol) was obtained using 0.25 wt% porphyrin and 0.75 wt% MPD as amine monomers. Under visible light exposure, singlet oxygen (1O2) is generated in the porphyrin containing-polyamide film, reaching the bacteria in the feed by diffusion and enhancing the biofouling resistance and anti-microbial activity. Anti-biofouling and anti-microbial photoactivity in solution are demonstrated on Staphylococcus aureus at different porphyrin concentrations and light exposure time.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6612-6616
Number of pages5
Issue number22
StatePublished - Aug 9 2017

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was funded by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The authors would like to thank N.L. Le for her help with the PEI membrane preparation.


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