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Fabrication of Polyethersulfone Membranes

Description:

Ultrafiltration membranes are commercially made through non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS). In this method, a polymer solution is cast as a film and immersed in a non-solvent, which results in formation of a porous polymer with nanometer size pores. The obtained porous film can separate solid particles, proteins, and macromolecules from water.

Completion Objectives:

  • Literature review
  • Measure the viscosity of polyethersulfone solutions
  • Define the cloud point of polyethersulfone solutions upon addition of non-solvent
  • Fabricate membranes through non-solvent induced phase separation
  • Measure the rejection and molecular cut-off of fabricated membranes
  • Prepare final report

Faculty Advisor:

  • Foudazi

Required Competencies

  • Required NMSU safety training courses

Student Researcher:

  • Ahmed Muhyi

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