ALEXANDRA GEORGIANA VATUI (MOISE), SORINA NICOLETA VALSAN, CORNELIU FRATILA, ANDREEA NICOLETA GHITA, ARCADII SOBETKII, DANIEL CRISTIAN MIHAIESCU, ANCA ELENA SLOBOZEANU, ROXANA TRUSCA SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF COMPOSITE MEMBRANES BASED ON CARBON FUNCTIONALIZED WITH GOLD NANOPARTICLES The purpose of this experimental laboratory work is to obtain composite membranes having carbon and gold nanoparticles in the matrix. Consideration was made of using graphene oxide, a material which, under certain conditions, can generate membranes by a self-assembly process under vacuum in an aqueous or organic medium. The cellulose acetate (CA) - graphene oxide (GO) composite membranes have been functionalized with gold nanoparticles (AuNP) by two technological processes: thermal evaporation and ultrasonic mixing of stable graphene oxide and gold suspensions. The stable suspensions containing gold nanoparticles were obtained by chemical reduction of aqueous solutions of Tetrachloroauric acid trihydrate (HAuCl4) precursors with sodium citrate under high temperature conditions. Dispersibility of carbon nanostructures and precious metal nanoparticles has been studied with a DLS granulometer - Malvern Instruments Zetasizer ZS90. It was determined the mean particle size and Zeta potential function of the suspensions pH. The graphite based membranes were further subjected to various characterizations techniques. It was found that both the surfaces and the cross-sections were functionalized with gold particles. The presence of Au particles was revealed both on the membrane surface and also inside its structure. Hydrophilic tests demonstrate that the membrane filters have potential to be used in various applications.