Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2009.01.014
Title: Highly porous and macrovoid-free PVDF hollow fiber membranes for membrane distillation by a solvent-dope solution co-extrusion approach
Authors: Bonyadi, S. 
Chung, T.-S. 
Keywords: Hollow fiber
Membrane contactor
Membrane distillation
Polyvinylidene flouride (PVDF)
Two-phase flow
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2009
Citation: Bonyadi, S., Chung, T.-S. (2009-04-01). Highly porous and macrovoid-free PVDF hollow fiber membranes for membrane distillation by a solvent-dope solution co-extrusion approach. Journal of Membrane Science 331 (1-2) : 66-74. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2009.01.014
Abstract: Highly porous and macrovoid-free PVDF hollow fiber membranes are of great interest for membrane contactor applications such as sea water desalination by membrane distillation in order to enhance the flux and long term stability of the process. For the first time in this paper, porous PVDF hollow fiber membranes with high outer surface porosity were fabricated by applying a two-phase flow consisting of a solvent and a dope solution in the air-gap region of spinning through a non-solvent induced phase separation process (NIPS). In this approach, the dope solution and the N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) solvent were co-discharged from the middle and outer channels of a triple orifice spinneret, respectively. Then, the two-phase flow went through an air-gap region and finally entered the coagulation bath. It was observed that the introduction of the two-phase flow greatly increased the outer surface porosity of the PVDF fibers and eliminated the formation of macrovoids in the cross-section of the fibers as well. It was also found that the energy efficiency and the flux of the fibers spun through the solvent-dope solution co-exterusion were two to three times higher than the standard dry jet wet-spun fibers. A water vapor flux as high as 67 kg/(m2 h) at 80 °C was obtained through the newly spun fibers. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Membrane Science
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/89107
ISSN: 03767388
DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2009.01.014
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