Reactive phase inversion for manufacture of asymmetric poly (ether imide sulfone) membranes

Taghreed Jalal, Iran David Charry Prada, Russell Tayouo Djinsu, Emmanuel P. Giannelis, Suzana Pereira Nunes

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Poly (ether imide sulfone) membranes were manufactured by combining phase inversion and functionalization reaction between epoxy groups and amine modified polyether oligomers (Jeffamine) or TiO2 nanoparticles. Polysilsesquioxanes containing epoxy functionalities were in-situ grown in the casting solution and made available for further reaction with amines in the coagulation/annealing baths. The membranes were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, porosimetry and water flux measurements. Water permeances up to 1500 l m-2 h-1 bar-1 were obtained with sharp pore size distribution and a pore diameter peak at 66 nm, confirmed by porosimetry, which allowed 99.2% rejection of γ-globulin. Water flux recovery of 77.5% was achieved after filtration with proteins. The membranes were stable in 50:50 dimethylformamide/water, 50:50 N-methyl pyrrolidone/water and 100% tetrahydrofuran. The possibility of using similar concept for homogeneous and stable attachment of nanoparticles on the membrane surface was demonstrated.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalReactive and Functional Polymers
StatePublished - Dec 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Chemistry


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