Authors Meier-Haack, J. ; Müller, M. ; Lunkwitz, K.
Title Polymer membranes for sustainable technologies
Polymers - Opportunities and Risks II: Sustainability. Product Design and Processing, P. Eyerer et al., ed.
Date 31.05.2010
Number 10293
Abstract Membrane-based processes have found wide acceptance and are used as powerful alternatives for conventional techniques such as distillation, extraction, or energy production. Frequently, membranes prepared from commodity polymers do not have the desired properties for the various applications. For example, fouling is still an unsolved problem in membrane applications, which is closely related to surface properties of both the membrane and the foulant. To meet the requirements for the various tasks, membranes with tailor-made properties are needed. In this contribution on the one hand surface modification techniques are described, which are used to (a) obtain microfiltration membranes with low-fouling tendency and (b) to prepare membranes with required properties in pervaporation separation applications. On the other hand modification/functionalization of polymers for use as ion-exchange membranes in energy-producing systems (fuel cells) are discussed. The focus is set on surface modification with polyelectrolytes and polyelectrolyte multilayer systems. This versatile technique enables the preparation of porous membranes with adjustable surface charge and low-fouling tendency without interference of permeate quality. Dense pervaporation membranes based on polyelectrolyte multilayer systems, with high selectivities and moderately high flux were obtained. The performance of such membranes can be controlled by the polyelectrolytes used (charge density) and the preparation conditions (e.g. temperature). Finally, a short introduction of new membrane materials based on fully aromatic polymers as alternatives to perfluoroalkylsulfonic acids, such as Nafion, is given. <br /><br />Polymers - Opportunities and Risks II: Sustainability. Product Design and Processing<br />The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, 2010, Volume 12/2010 <br />ISBN 978-3-642-02796-3
Publisher Springer
Citation Springer 12 (2010) 281-297

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