A novel dual-layer bicomponent electrospun nanofibrous membrane for desalination by direct contact membrane distillation

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Chemical Engineering Journal, 2014, 256 pp. 155 - 159
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In this study, a bicomponent nanofibrous composite membrane was fabricated by electrospinning and was tested for desalination by direct contact membrane distillation (DCMD). The nanofibrous membrane was composed of a dual-layered structure of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PH) nanofibers and polyacrylonitrile (PAN) microfibers. Morphological characterization showed slightly beaded cylindrical PH nanofibers with porosity of about 90%. The contact angles of PH and PAN nano/microfibers were 150 degrees and 100 degrees, respectively. The nanofibrous membranes were tested by DCMD and a high water flux of 45 and 30 L m(-2) h(-1) was obtained for distilled water and 35 g L-1 NaCl solutions as feed, respectively using DL2 membrane (i.e., 25/75 PH/PAN thickness ratio). The present dual-layer membrane showed better flux performance compared to a commercial flat-sheet membrane. The results suggest the potential of the dual-layer nanofibrous membrane for DCMD applications
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