An intelligent superwetting PVDF membrane showing switchable transport performance for oil/water separation

Mimi Tao, Lixin Xue, Fu Liu, Lei Jiang

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A superamphiphilic poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membrane with superoleophobicity under water and superhydrophobicity under oil is successfully prepared. Due to the switchable transport performance, the membrane is applicable to the separation of various oil-in-water and water-in-oil emulsions with a droplet size greater than 20 nm, and shows superior permeability and antifouling properties, as well as a high separation efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2943-2948
Number of pages6
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 14 May 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • oil/water separation
  • PVDF membrane
  • superwetting
  • switchable

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