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The Development of Chemically Modified P84 Co-Polyimide Membranes for Cu(II) Removal Using Supported Liquid Membranes with Prolonged Stability

Qian Yang and Tai-Shung Chung. Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260, Singapore, Singapore

We have demonstrated, for the first time, P84 co-polyimide with novel chemical cross-linking modification can be effectively used as the polymeric microporous support for supported liquid membranes (SLM) applications. Both asymmetric and symmetric flat membranes with high tortuosity were fabricated via the phase inversion method. It is found that the symmetric membrane outperforms the asymmetric one because the former may provide 1) balanced forces exerted at two aqueous/membrane interfaces and 2) the formation of more stable stagnant layers than the latter. However, the performance of both unmodified asymmetric and symmetric flat membranes decay severely after use for 20-30 hours. A novel chemical modification agent was discovered and shows effectiveness to improve P84 membrane stability for SLM. The improved SLM stability is attributed to the reduced pore size, and the enhanced hydrophobicity and chemical resistance on the membrane surfaces. The newly developed chemically modified SLM has a similar life time compared with other SLM systems using commercial PTFE as the support matrix.