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Zwitterionic Poly(arylene ether sulfone) Copolymers: Membrane Applications and Fundamentals

Abstract Zwitterionic polymers, due to their supurior capability of electrostatically induced hydration, have been considered as effective functionalities to alleviate bio-fouling of reverse osmosis (RO) membranes. Bulk modification of polysulfone-based matrices to improve hydrophilicity, on the other hand, is favored due to the high membrane performance, processibility, and intrinsic chlorine resistance. Here a novel synthetic method was demonstrated to prepare zwitterionic poly(arylene ether sulfone) (PAES) copolymers, which was blended with native polysulfone (PSf) to fabricate free-standing asymmetric membranes via non-solvent induced phase separation process. Both the porosity of the support layer and surface hydrophilicity increased drasticall... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Yang, Yi (Author) / Green, Matthew D (Advisor) / Lin, Jerry Y.S. (Committee member) / Lind, MaryLaura (Committee member) / Perreault, François (Committee member) / Deng, Shuguang (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Chemical engineering / Desalination / Membranes / Polymer synthesis / SNAr mechanisms
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 195 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Chemical Engineering 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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