Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1039/c3gc41634h
Title: The ionic liquid [EMIM]OAc as a solvent to fabricate stable polybenzimidazole membranes for organic solvent nanofiltration
Authors: Xing, D.Y.
Chan, S.Y. 
Chung, T.-S. 
Issue Date: Mar-2014
Citation: Xing, D.Y., Chan, S.Y., Chung, T.-S. (2014-03). The ionic liquid [EMIM]OAc as a solvent to fabricate stable polybenzimidazole membranes for organic solvent nanofiltration. Green Chemistry 16 (3) : 1383-1392. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1039/c3gc41634h
Abstract: We have provided two feasible methods to prepare stable organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN) membranes by chemically cross-linking the polybenzimidazole (PBI) membranes fabricated from environmentally benign ionic liquids for the first time. A glutaraldehyde (GA)-water solution and a 1,2,7,8-diepoxyoctane (DEO)-n-heptane solution were employed to cross-link PBI membranes. The effects of these cross-linking agents on membrane stability and separation performance toward various solvents, including polar aprotic solvents, have been carefully examined. The GA cross-linking method, with little consumption of traditional organic solvents and energy, yielded a PBI membrane with a high and steady ethanol flux [3.69 L (m2 bar h)-1] and ethyl acetate flux [5.21 L (m2 bar h)-1]. Although PBI membranes cross-linked by DEO showed lower ethanol and ethyl acetate fluxes, they displayed impressive stability in aggressive solvents such as dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP) and N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAc). Overall, PBI membranes cross-linked by both agents exhibited reasonable rejections which varied slightly from solvent to solvent due to different solute-solvent-membrane interactions. This study not only offers a new range of membrane materials and fabrication approaches for OSN, but will also enhance membrane-based green technology for the recovery of organic solvents. © 2014 The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Source Title: Green Chemistry
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/90348
ISSN: 14639262
DOI: 10.1039/c3gc41634h
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