Highly fouling-resistant brominated poly(phenylene oxide) membranes using surface grafted diethylenetriamine

Muayad Al-Shaeli, Stefan J. D. Smith, Ezzatollah Shamsaei, Huanting Wang, Kaisong Zhang, Bradley P. Ladewig

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Hydrophilic bromomethylated poly(phenylene oxide) (BPPO) ultrafiltration membranes were prepared via a single-step reaction with diethylenetriamine (DETA). The resulting DETA modified BPPO membranes are characterised using FTIR-ATR, SEM, fouling resistance, filtration test and contact angle measurements. Although permeation flux was adversely affected, the chemically bound DETA leads to a significant increase in surface hydrophilicity and anti-fouling properties of BPPO/DETA membranes. The composite BPPO/DETA membranes show a considerable reduction in membrane fouling and enhanced BSA rejection, with foulants easily removed by normal cleaning methods. Herein, a facile surface modification with DETA is shown to be an effective means of enhancing the flux recovery ratio and anti-fouling properties of BPPO membranes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37324-37330
Number of pages7
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number59
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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