سال انتشار: ۱۳۹۰
محل انتشار: کنفرانس بین المللی فرآورش پلیمرها
تعداد صفحات: ۴
Leyla Noori – Chemical Engineering Faculty, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran
Reza Yegani – Membrane Technology Research Center, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran
Mir Karim Razavi Aghjeh – Membrane Technology Research Center, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran
Elham Shokri – Chemical Engineering Faculty, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran
Polyethylene has many desirable properties including appropriate thermal and physicochemical stabilities. However, microporous PE membranes suffer from poor wettability and biocompatibility, which limit their potential application in aqueous solution separation and biomedical purposes. In this work, blending method was used to modify some un favorite properties such as hydrophilicity and anti-fouling of PE microporous membranes. Hydrophilic microporous flat sheet membranes were prepared using melt blended high density polyethylene (HDPE) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) via thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) method. PE and EVA were used as polymeric mixture and paraffin oil was used as diluent. Homogeneous polymer-diluent samples were prepared at 220° C and were cast over pre-heated flat glass plate to fabricate flat sheet polymeric microporous membranes. Pure PE microporous membranes were also fabricated as a reference sample. Fabricated microporous membranes were characterized in terms of water permeability and mechanical property (elongation at break). Obtained results with melt blended polymeric microporous membranes were compared with pure high density poly ethylene membranes. In comparison with pure HDPE membrane, HDPE/EVA blend membranes exhibit higher water permeation as well as higher mechanical strength. Since increasing of the permeability would result in lower mechanical strength and vice versa in common membrane operational trade-off curve, the obtained results were a kind of hope giving findings to improve the hydrophilic properties of PE microporous membrane and mechanical strength, simultaneously. These results indicated that melt blended HDPE-EVA should be a novel candidate for the preparation of hydrophilic HDPE microporous membranes via TIPS method.