This study investigates the effect of surface functionalization of a thin-film composite forward osmosis membrane with zwitterions and silver-based metal organic frameworks (Ag-MOFs) to improve the antifouling, anti-biofouling, and antimicrobial activity of the membrane. Two types of zwitterions, namely, 3-bromopropionic acid and 1,3-propane sultone, are chemically bonded, with and without incorporation of Ag-MOFs, over the surface of a polyamide membrane. Spectroscopy measurements indicate successful grafting of the modifying agents on the membrane surface. Contact angle measurements demonstrate a notable improvement in surface wettability upon functionalization. The performance of the membranes is evaluated in terms of water and salt fluxes in forward osmosis filtrations. The transport data show demonstrably increased water flux of around 300% compared to pristine membranes, with similar or slightly reduced salt reverse flux. The antifouling and anti-biofouling properties of the modified membranes are evaluated using sodium alginate and E. coli, respectively. These experiments reveal that functionalized membranes exhibit significant antifouling and anti-biofouling behavior, with high resilience against flux decline.

Improved antifouling and antibacterial properties of forward osmosis membranes through surface modification with zwitterions and silver-based metal organic frameworks / Pejman, M.; Firouzjaei, M. D.; Aktij, S. A.; Das, P.; Zolghadr, E.; Jafarian, H.; Shamsabadi, A. A.; Elliott, M.; Esfahani, M. R.; Sangermano, M.; Sadrzadeh, M.; Wujcik, E. K.; Rahimpour, A.; Tiraferri, A.. - In: JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE. - ISSN 0376-7388. - 611:(2020), p. 118352. [10.1016/j.memsci.2020.118352]

Improved antifouling and antibacterial properties of forward osmosis membranes through surface modification with zwitterions and silver-based metal organic frameworks

Pejman M.;Sangermano M.;Rahimpour A.;Tiraferri A.
2020

Abstract

This study investigates the effect of surface functionalization of a thin-film composite forward osmosis membrane with zwitterions and silver-based metal organic frameworks (Ag-MOFs) to improve the antifouling, anti-biofouling, and antimicrobial activity of the membrane. Two types of zwitterions, namely, 3-bromopropionic acid and 1,3-propane sultone, are chemically bonded, with and without incorporation of Ag-MOFs, over the surface of a polyamide membrane. Spectroscopy measurements indicate successful grafting of the modifying agents on the membrane surface. Contact angle measurements demonstrate a notable improvement in surface wettability upon functionalization. The performance of the membranes is evaluated in terms of water and salt fluxes in forward osmosis filtrations. The transport data show demonstrably increased water flux of around 300% compared to pristine membranes, with similar or slightly reduced salt reverse flux. The antifouling and anti-biofouling properties of the modified membranes are evaluated using sodium alginate and E. coli, respectively. These experiments reveal that functionalized membranes exhibit significant antifouling and anti-biofouling behavior, with high resilience against flux decline.
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