Atomic force microscope studies of membranes: Surface pore structures of Diaflo ultrafiltration membranes

W. Richard Bowen, Nidal Hilal, Robert W. Lovitt, Peter M. Williams

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Abstract

Noncontact atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been used to investigate the surface pore structure of eight Diaflo ultrafiltration membranes covering a range of nominal molecular weight cutoff (MWCO) from 3000 to 300,000 and manufactured from three different polymer types. Excellent high resolution images were obtained. Analysis of the pore images gave quantitative information on the surface pore structure, in particular the pore size distribution and surface roughness. Such data is compared to that obtained by other techniques. Noncontact AFM is a facile and informative means of studying the surface structure of porous materials such as synthetic membranes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-359
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Volume180
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 1996
Externally publishedYes

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Ultrafiltration
Pore structure
Atomic force microscopy
Microscopes
microscopes
membranes
Membranes
porosity
Image resolution
Surface structure
Pore size
Porous materials
Polymers
Surface roughness
Molecular weight
atomic force microscopy
porous materials
molecular weight
surface roughness
coverings

Keywords

  • atomic force microscopy
  • pore size distribution
  • ultrafiltration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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Atomic force microscope studies of membranes : Surface pore structures of Diaflo ultrafiltration membranes. / Bowen, W. Richard; Hilal, Nidal; Lovitt, Robert W.; Williams, Peter M.

In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol. 180, No. 2, 25.06.1996, p. 350-359.

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Bowen, W. Richard ; Hilal, Nidal ; Lovitt, Robert W. ; Williams, Peter M. / Atomic force microscope studies of membranes : Surface pore structures of Diaflo ultrafiltration membranes. In: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 1996 ; Vol. 180, No. 2. pp. 350-359.
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