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    ABSTRACT: Novel ultrafiltration membranes were prepared by simple blending of polyethersulfone (PES) and soybean phosphatidylcholine (SPC). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and water contact angle measurements indicated SPC enrichment at the membrane surfaces. The immobilization and arrangement of PC groups at surfaces rendered the membranes more hydrophilic. BSA adsorption amount decreased from 56.2 μg/cm2 for SPC-free PES membrane to 2.4 μg/cm2 for PES/SPC blend membrane. The fouling-resistant property of the blend membranes was improved considerably with an increase of SPC content while the pure water permeation flux decreased remarkably. Using PEG/PVP mixture instead of PEG as pore-forming agent increased pure water flux of PES/SPC blend membrane to some extent.
    Journal of Membrane Science 02/2006; · 4.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hydrophilic modification of ultrafiltration membranes was achieved through blending of Pluronic F127 with poly(ether sulfone) (PES). The chemical composition and morphology changes of the membrane surface were confirmed by water contact angle, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and protein adsorption measurements. The decreased static water contact angle with an increase in the Pluronic F127 content indicated an increase of surface hydrophilicity. XPS analysis revealed enrichment of PEO segments of Pluronic F127 at the membrane surface. The apparent protein adsorption amount decreased significantly from 56.2 to 0 microg/cm(2) when the Pluronic F127 content varied from 0% to 10.5%, which indicated that the blend membrane had an excellent ability to resist protein adsorption. The ultrafiltration experiments revealed that the Pluronic F127 content had little influence on the protein rejection ratio and pure water flux. Most importantly, at a high Pluronic F127 content membrane fouling, especially irreversible fouling, has been remarkably reduced. The flux recoveries of blend membranes reached as high as 90% after periodic cleaning in three cycles.
    Langmuir 01/2006; 21(25):11856-62. · 4.38 Impact Factor