A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Fabrication and characterization of novel nanofiltration polymeric membrane

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Authors: Ademola Bode-Aluko Chris, Laatikainen Katri, Pereao Omoniyi, Nechaev Alexander, Kochnev Iurii, Rossouw Arnoux, Dobretsov Sergey, Branger Catherine, Sarbu Andrei, Petrik Leslie
Publication year: 2019
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Materials today communications
Volume number: 20
eISSN: 2352-4928
JUFO-Level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


A novel composite membrane was obtained by combining the products of ion-tracking and electrospinning processes. Swift heavy ions generated from a cyclotron were used to irradiate polyethylene terephthalate (PET) polymer film of thickness 23 μm to create latent tracks which were then chemically etched in an alkaline solution, to produce track-etched membrane. Magnetron sputtering was then used to deposite titanium (Ti) on the membrane to produce PET-TM with Ti thickness of ˜5 nm. Polyamide 6 nanofibres (PA6-nfs) or polyacrylonitrile nanofibres (PAN-nfs) were directly electrospun upon the Ti coated PET-TM using an electrospinning process. The average fibre diameter of PA6-nfs or PAN-nfs was 52 ± 9.8 nm or 354 ± 40 nm, respectively. The track-etched membrane, the nanofibres and the novel composite membrane were characterised using SEM, TEM, TGA, ATR-FTIR and adsorption/desorption of nitrogen techniques. The results confirmed the fabrication of nanofibre coated track-etched composite membrane.

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