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Effect of lithium chloride additive on forward osmosis membranes performance

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posted on 05.11.2019, 11:39 by Nawaf Bin Darwish, Abdullah Alkhudhiri, Hamad AlRomaih, Abdulrahman Alalawi, Mark LeaperMark Leaper, Nidal Hilal
The research efforts on the development of ideal forward osmosis membranes with high water flux and low reverse salt flux have been devoted in the recent years. In this study, thin film composite polyamide forward osmosis membranes were prepared. The porous polysulfone (PSU), polyphenylsulfone (PPSU), and polyethersulfone (PESU) substrates used in this study were prepared by the phase inversion process, and the active rejection layer was prepared by interfacial polymerization. All the membranes showed highly asymmetric porous structures with a top dense upper layers and finger-like porous substrates with macro voids in the bottom layer. The addition of 3% lithium chloride (LiCl) to the membrane substrates resulted in an increase in both the water flux and reverse salt flux. PSU and PESU showed the highest water flux when the active layer faced the feed solution (AL-FS), while the largest water flux was obtained when the active layer faced the draw solution (AL-DS). For all the membranes, the water flux under the AL-DS orientation was higher than that under the AL-FS orientation.

History

School

  • Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Department

  • Chemical Engineering

Published in

Journal of Water Process Engineering

Volume

33

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier Ltd

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Journal of Water Process Engineering and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwpe.2019.101049.

Acceptance date

05/11/2019

Publication date

2019-11-13

Copyright date

2019

eISSN

2214-7144

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Mark Leaper Deposit date: 5 November 2019

Article number

101049