Omniphobic Membrane for Robust Membrane Distillation

Shihong Lin, Siamak Nejati, Chanhee Boo, Yunxia Hu, Chinedum O. Osuji, Menachem Elimelech

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Abstract

In this work, we fabricate an omniphobic microporous membrane for membrane distillation (MD) by modifying a hydrophilic glass fiber membrane with silica nanoparticles followed by surface fluorination and polymer coating. The modified glass fiber membrane exhibits an anti-wetting property not only against water but also against low surface tension organic solvents that easily wet a hydrophobic polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) membrane that is commonly used in MD applications. By comparing the performance of the PTFE and omniphobic membranes in direct contact MD experiments in the presence of a surfactant (sodium dodecyl sulfate, SDS), we show that SDS wets the hydrophobic PTFE membrane but not the omniphobic membrane. Our results suggest that omniphobic membranes are critical for MD applications with feed waters containing surface active species, such as oil and gas produced water, to prevent membrane pore wetting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-447
Number of pages5
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology Letters
Volume1
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 30 2014

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Polytetrafluoroethylene
Polytetrafluoroethylenes
Sodium dodecyl sulfate
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Glass fibers
Wetting
Water
glass
sodium
sulfate
Fluorination
Surface Tension
Halogenation
surface tension
Surface-Active Agents

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  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Pollution
  • Waste Management and Disposal
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Omniphobic Membrane for Robust Membrane Distillation. / Lin, Shihong; Nejati, Siamak; Boo, Chanhee; Hu, Yunxia; Osuji, Chinedum O.; Elimelech, Menachem.

In: Environmental Science and Technology Letters, Vol. 1, No. 11, 30.09.2014, p. 443-447.

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Lin, Shihong ; Nejati, Siamak ; Boo, Chanhee ; Hu, Yunxia ; Osuji, Chinedum O. ; Elimelech, Menachem. / Omniphobic Membrane for Robust Membrane Distillation. In: Environmental Science and Technology Letters. 2014 ; Vol. 1, No. 11. pp. 443-447.
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