Journal article

Formation of a thick aromatic polyamide membrane by interfacial polymerisation

Judy Lee, Anita Hill, Sandra Kentish

SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2013

Abstract

Thin film composite membranes (TFCs) consist of a thin film of polymer that is responsible for high salt rejection. This layer is made via interfacial polymerisation of two monomers 1,3 phenylene diamine and trimesoyl chloride, with the membrane reported to reach a self limiting thickness of less than 200 nm. This paper reports for the first time the formation of thick free-standing aromatic polyamide membranes of greater than 50 μm in thickness via the well-known interfacial polymerisation technique. The membrane thickness as a function of polymerisation time and monomer concentration was investigated. The polyamide layer formed through interfacial polymerisation is not necessarily homogene..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

The Authors acknowledge the Australian Research Council Discovery Projects Scheme (DP1093815) for their financial support. The Particulate Fluids Processing Centre, a Special Research Centre of the Australian Research Council is also acknowledged for infrastructure support. CMD and AJH acknowledge the support of CSIRO's Office of the Chief Executive Science Leader program.