Title: Influence of solute-membrane affinity on the rejection of uncharged organic solutes by nanofiltration membranes
Authors: Verliefde, Arne R.D. ×
Cornelissen, Emile R.
Heijman, S.G.J. (Bas)
Hoek, Eric M.V.
Amy, Gary L.
Van der Bruggen, Bart
Van Dijk, J.C. (Hans) #
Issue Date: Apr-2009
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Series Title: Environmental Science & Technology vol:43 issue:7 pages:2400-2406
Abstract: A simple, analytical method for predicting transport of uncharged organic solutes through nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) membranes is presented in this paper. The method requires characterization of keysolute and membrane para meters-namely, solute size, membrane pore size, and solute-membrane affinity. All three parameters can be experimentally determined from relatively simple permeation tests and contact angle analyses. The parameters are fed into an analytical model of solute transport, which accounts for hindered convection and diffusion of solutes in the membrane pores, as well as the combined effects of steric exclusion and solute-membrane affinity on solute partitioning from the feed solution into the membrane pores. Overall model predictions for organic solute rejection agreed well with experimental data for three different solutes and two different polymeric NF membranes. Further, the model demonstrates the dramatic influence of solute-membrane affinity on organic rejection by NF and RO membranes. Solute transport predictions made assuming only steric exclusion significantly overestimated rejections for solutes with strong affinity for membrane polymers and similarly underestimated rejections for solutes that were strongly repelled by membrane polymers.
ISSN: 0013-936X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Process Engineering for Sustainable Systems Section
× corresponding author
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