Composite hollow fiber membranes for organic solvent-based liquid-liquid extraction

T. He, Lydia A.M. Bolhuis-Versteeg, M.H.V. Mulder, Matthias Wessling

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Instability issues of liquid membranes extraction significantly limit its wide application in industry. We report research on the application of a new composite hollow fiber membrane to stabilizing liquid membrane extraction. These type of composite membranes have either a polysulfone (PSf) ultrafiltration or an Accurel polypropylene microfiltration membrane as support and sulphonated poly(ether ether ketone) (SPEEK) as a coating layer. Applied as supported liquid membrane, the composite membranes showed significant improvement in stability compared to uncoated membranes. Applied in a membrane contactor, stable operation for more than 2.5 months was realized. A resistance model was developed to estimate the copper flux of the membrane contactor. The applicability of the model was proven for both the polysulfone and the polypropylene-based contactor systems. We further present the concept of encapsulated composite hollow fiber membranes with SPEEK layers encasing the extraction liquid into a hydrophobic support membrane.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalJournal of membrane science
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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  • IR-49423

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