One pot preparation of polysulfone-amino functionalized SiO2 nanoparticle ultrafiltration membranes for water purification

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Highly hydrophilic and fouling resistant polysulfone (PSF) membranes were prepared via one pot methodology by simultaneous phase inversion and nanoparticle formation. Membrane morphology, hydrophilicity, and surface charge behavior were thoroughly characterized by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, contact angle, and zeta potential measurements. The SiO2-NH2 nanoparticle distribution in membrane matrix was also investigated by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The water purification performances, some of the membranes flux, rejection, and flux recovery, were evaluated by ultrafiltration of bovine serum albumin protein, Congo red, and methylene blue dyes under dead end mode. The fouling tendency of the membrane was evaluated by bovine serum albumin protein adsorption and ultrafiltration. The properties of the prepared membranes could be tuned by varying the SiO2-NH2 concentration. The nanocomposite membranes exhibited superior water permeation, rejection, and antifouling performance as compared to neat PSF membranes. Hydrophilicity was increased due to amino functionalized SiO2 particles, leading to up to 7-fold increase in water flux and more than 93% protein rejection efficiency with PSF-APTEOS-20 and -10 membranes, respectively. Overall, this work proves an easy and straightforward method for nanocomposite ultrafiltration membrane preparation with good separation and filtration efficiency.


Seiten (von - bis)4598-4604
FachzeitschriftJournal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Aug. 2018



  • Amino functionalized SiO, Antifouling, Nanocomposite membrane, One-pot, Water purification