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Fouling evaluation of polyethersulfone (PES)/sulfonated cation exchange resin (SCER) membrane for BSA separation

Fouling evaluation of polyethersulfone (PES)/sulfonated cation exchange resin (SCER) membrane for BSA separation
Abdul Latif Ahmad, Noor Fazliani Shoparwe, Tunmise Ayode Otitoju
In this study, antifouling membranes were prepared through dry wet-phase inversion method. The incorporation of electrostatistically charged group of sulfonate cation exchange resins (SCER) into polyethersulfone membrane matrix attempts to give a synergistic combination of properties for bovine serum albumin (BSA) removal. The effect of different composition of SCER into the blend membranes were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, porosimeter, attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and goniometer. All the prepared membranes were evaluated for BSA separation. The membrane resistance of all membranes decreases with increase in SCER loading. Among all membranes, P3 membrane shows a better fouling, reversible and irreversible resistance for BSA, signifying that the attached BSA on the membrane surface can be easily removed by physical cleaning. The improvement in hydrophilicity of P3 membrane was found to be the dominant factor in mitigating BSA fouling. The results demonstrated that BSA fouling could be alleviated by varying SCER concentration in the polyethersulfone matrix. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2017, 135, 45854.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/app.45854

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