Diffusion Induced Phase Separation (DIPS) is a currently used technique to produce porous membranes for a large variety of applications. A strong limitation is represented by the occurrence of a dense skin, which is formed during the process, highly reducing the membrane permeability. To overcome this issue, two modifications of the standard DIPS protocol were investigated: the use of coagulation baths composed by a solvent/nonsolvent mixture and the desiccation in a controlled environment, by modulating the partial pressure of nonsolvent vapor. An appropriate choice of coagulation bath composition, together with an appropriate desiccation protocol (i.e., the use of a nonsolvent vapor), will produce a skinless membrane, and offers the chance to control the morphology of both membrane surfaces. These results underline the importance of post-treatment stage in membrane preparation via phase separation, thus suggesting that membrane washing/drying stage will affect the final morphology.
|Numero di pagine||10|
|Rivista||Journal of Applied Polymer Science|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2015|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Polymers and Plastics
- Materials Chemistry
Montesanto, S., La Carrubba, V., Mannella, G. A., Brucato, V. M. B., Carfi' Pavia, F., & La Carrubba, V. (2015). Coagulation bath composition and desiccation environment as tuning parameters to prepare skinless membranes via diffusion induced phase separation. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 132, n/a-n/a.