UV-photografting modification of NF membrane surface for NOM wfouling reduction

M. N. Abu Seman, Nidal Hilal, M. Khayet

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Abstract

Fouling of natural organic matter is one of the common problems in water treatment plant. Despite physical and chemical treatment normally used to recover the flux loss, membrane surface properties also not less important to be considered. In this study, UV-photografting technique was applied to modify commercial nanofiltration (NF) membrane surface in order to reduce fouling tendency. Neutral hydrophilic N-vinylpyrrolidone has been chosen as the monomer for the UV-photografting. The result revealed that the grafted membrane at optimum conditions exhibits low humic acid fouling tendency compared with the unmodified membrane. In addition, both the unmodified and the UV-grafted polyethersulfone NF membranes were characterized in terms of structural properties (pore size, rp, and ratio of membrane thickness to porosity, Δx/Ak) using Pore Model in order to evaluate the effect of UV-photografting modification on structural parameters and indirectly influence the membrane performance and fouling as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4855-4861
Number of pages7
JournalDesalination and Water Treatment
Volume51
Issue number25-27
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Nanofiltration membranes
Fouling
membrane
Membranes
fouling
Water treatment plants
Biological materials
Pore size
Surface properties
Structural properties
Porosity
Monomers
Fluxes
humic acid
porosity
organic matter

Keywords

  • Fouling
  • Nanofiltration
  • Pore model
  • UV-photografting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering

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UV-photografting modification of NF membrane surface for NOM wfouling reduction. / Abu Seman, M. N.; Hilal, Nidal; Khayet, M.

In: Desalination and Water Treatment, Vol. 51, No. 25-27, 2013, p. 4855-4861.

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Abu Seman, M. N. ; Hilal, Nidal ; Khayet, M. / UV-photografting modification of NF membrane surface for NOM wfouling reduction. In: Desalination and Water Treatment. 2013 ; Vol. 51, No. 25-27. pp. 4855-4861.
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