Journal article

The potential of polystyrene-block-polybutadiene-block-polystyrene triblock co-polymer as a base-polymer of polymer inclusion membranes (PIMs)

Xiaopeng Xiong, M Ines GS Almeida, Silvia Simeonova, Tony G Spassov, Robert W Cattrall, Spas D Kolev

SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY | ELSEVIER | Published : 2019

Abstract

The use of polystyrene-block-polybutadiene-block-polystyrene triblock co-polymer (SBS) as the base-polymer of polymer inclusion membranes (PIMs) is studied for the first time. SBS is an inexpensive and accessible thermoplastic elastomer which possesses the required properties to be used as a base-polymer in PIMs, namely mechanical strength and high resistance to acids/bases. Its compatibility with commonly used extractants in PIMs was assessed and it was observed that successful PIMs could be obtained when di(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (D2EHPA), LIX84I or tri-n-octylamine (TOA) were used as the extractants. The performance of these PIMs was investigated for the extraction of Zn(II), Cu(II)..

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Grants

Awarded by Melbourne Water Corporation


Funding Acknowledgements

X. Xiong acknowledges the China Scholarship Council (CSC) for sponsoring his stay in Australia. The authors would like to thank the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Melbourne Water Corporation for funding this research (grant LP160100687).