Thin film composite membranes on ceramic for pervaporation dehydration of isopropanol

Gui Min Shi, Tai Shung Chung*

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We have developed novel thin film composite (TFC) membranes on ceramic substrates (referred as ceramic TFC membranes thereafter) for pervaporation dehydration of isopropanol (IPA) by using interfacial polymerization (IP) of m-phenylenediamine (MPD) and trymesoylchoride (TMC) to create ultra-thin polyamide films as selective layers. Prior to IP, a gutter layer of polydopamine (PDA) or polyethyleneimine (PEI) was deposited on α-alumina ceramic surfaces to improve the adhesion of polyamide thin films onto the ceramic. It was found that the PEI-coated ceramic substrate provided better adhesion with the polyamide thin film than the original and PDA-coated ones owing to its smoother surface. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) was employed to seal defects on ceramic TFC membranes and significantly improved the performance of pervaporation dehydration of IPA with a flux of 6.05kg/m2h and a separation factor 1396 at 80°C. Moreover, the developed ceramic TFC membrane shows high stability after 120h operation. Positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) analyses revealed that the newly developed membrane has an ultrathin polyamide layer of 79nm and a PDMS coating of ~26nm. This study demonstrates the promising application of ceramic TFC membranes for pervaporation dehydration of organic solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-43
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Membrane Science
StatePublished - Dec 5 2013


  • Ceramic
  • Interfacial polymerization
  • PAS
  • Pervaporation
  • Thin film composite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Filtration and Separation


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