LAURENTIA GEANINA TIRON, STEFAN CATALIN PINTILIE, ANDREEA LILIANA LAZAR, MARIA VLAD, STEFAN BALTA, MARIUS BODOR INFLUENCE OF POLYMER CONCENTRATION ON MEMBRANE PERFORMANCE IN WASTEWATER TREATMENT Water is an important element of life, while every industry in its processes uses an important amount of water. Following processes, the water is contaminated and requires water treatment technologies. Unconventional methods to wastewater treatment, in the last years, use membrane technology as one of the most reliable processes for contaminants removal. In this article, the influence of the different concentrations of polysulfone (PSf) on the polymeric membranes properties was studied. These membranes were obtained through phase inversion method and with different polymer concentrations: 23, 25, 27 and 30 wt.%. The performance of the membranes was studied by pure water flux, permeability and retention. It has been observed that by increasing the polymer concentration, the pure water flux and the permeability will decrease. Retention was determined using methylene blue, which is one of the most utilized dye from industry and it could be observed that by increasing the polymer concentration the retention degree of the pollutant also increases. In order to explain the evolution of membrane permeability at different polymer concentrations, surface hydrophilicity by contact angle method and cross-section SEM imaging were used.
Keywords: polymer membranes, polysulfone (PSf), pure water flux, permeability, retention