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Polyelectrolyte multilayer films as backflushable nanofiltration membranes with tunable hydrophilicity and surface charge

Abstract : A diverse set of supported polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) membranes with controllable surface charge, hydrophilicity, and permeability to water and salt was designed by choosing constituent polyelectrolytes and by adjusting conditions of their deposition. The membranes were characterized in terms of their water and MgSO4 permeabilities and resistance to colloidal fouling. The commercial nanofiltration membrane (NF270) was used as a comparative basis. Highly hydrophilic and charged PEMs could be designed. For all membranes, MgSO4 permeability coefficients of NF270 and all PEM membranes exhibited a power law dependence on concentration: Ps [is proportional to] C-[tau], 0.19 < [tau] < 0.83. PEM membranes were highly selective and capable of nearly complete intrinsic rejection of MgSO4 at sufficiently high fluxes. With the deposition of colloids onto the PEM surface, the separation properties of one type of polyelectrolyte membrane showed similar rejection and superior flux properties compared to NF270 membranes. We hypothesize that a PEM-colloid nanocomposite was formed as a result of colloidal fouling of these PEM films. The feasibility of regenerating the PEM membranes fouled by colloids was also demonstrated. In summary, the PEM-based approach to membrane preparation was shown to enable the design of membranes with the unique combination of desirable ion separation characteristics and regenerability of the separation layer.
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Wenqian Shan, Patrice Bacchin, Pierre Aimar, Merlin Bruening L, Volodymyr Tarabara V. Polyelectrolyte multilayer films as backflushable nanofiltration membranes with tunable hydrophilicity and surface charge. Journal of Membrane Science, Elsevier, 2010, 349 (1-2), pp.268 - 278. ⟨10.1016/j.memsci.2009.11.059⟩. ⟨hal-00570691⟩

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