Desalination using Low Biofouling Nanocomposite Membranes: From Batch-Scale to Continuous Scale Membrane Fabrication

Desalination using Low Biofouling Nanocomposite Membranes: From Batch-Scale to Continuous Scale Membrane Fabrication

August 30, 2017

Address

727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85287

Location

Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

September 11, 2017, 10:45 am (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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Isabel Escobar, Ph.D., Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky

This holistic study begins with nanoparticle manufacturing and selection, then focuses on nanocomposite membrane synthesis and fabrication, and ends with testing and characterization. Nanocomposite membranes loaded with casein-coated silver nanoparticles (Casein-AgNPs) were cast using two approaches, doctor-blade extrusion (batch-scale) and slot-die casting (continuous-scale), to determine their biofouling control properties. Overall, filtration experiments and membrane testing following biofouling tests showed that laboratory-scale composite membranes operated for 24 hr.