Membrane Filtration: Expanding the Areas of Application by Chemical Modification – Examples from the FHNW

FH-HES Universities of Applied Sciences

Authors

  • Kirsten Remmena Institute for Ecopreneurship, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Hofackerstrasse 30, CH-4132 Muttenz
  • Joachim Koeserb Institute of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry; University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Hofackerstrasse 30, CH-4132 Muttenz;, Email: joachim.koeser@fhnw.ch

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.2533/chimia.2020.423

Keywords:

Lbl coating, Membrane filtration, Phosphorous recovery, Polymer brush, Stimulus responsive

Abstract

Membrane filtration applications are omnipresent in production processes of the food and beverage industry, in pharmaceutical production and the petrochemical industry but also in water purification for drinking water production and wastewater treatment. The main separation principle in membrane filtration is based on size exclusion which is dependent on the pore size of the membrane. Current developments based on chemical modification of these membranes have the goal to confer an additional chemical selectivity to membranes in order to broaden their areas of application. Here we present two examples of chemical membrane modifications pursued at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) which are based on a) polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM or LbL) coatings and b) coating with stimulus responsive polymer brushes. Applications of such modified filtration membranes are e.g. selectively gated filtration and phosphorous P-recovery from acidic disintegrated sewage sludge.

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Published

2020-05-27

How to Cite

[1]
K. Remmena, J. Koeserb, Chimia 2020, 74, 423, DOI: 10.2533/chimia.2020.423.