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Hamidreza Sanaeepur

Hamidreza Sanaeepur

Academic rank: Associate Professor
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3255-9696
Education: PhD.
ScopusId: 36129742900
Faculty: Engineering
Address: Arak University
Phone: 086-32625410


Polyphenylsulfone/zinc ion-exchanged zeolite Y nanofiltration mixed matrix membrane for water desalination
desalination, hydrophilicity, ion exchange, mixed matrix membrane, polyphenylsulfone
Journal Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Researchers Reyhane Ahmadi ، Reyhane Sedighian ، Hamidreza Sanaeepur ، Abtin Ebadi Amooghin ، Shima Lak


In the present study, zinc ion-exchanged zeolite Y (ZnY) was incorporated as a dispersed phase into polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) polymer matrix to prepare PPSU/ZnY porous mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) with enhanced separation properties. Various MMMs with different ZnY contents (0, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.5, and 3 wt.%) were fabricated using phase inversion method. The morphologies of prepared membranes were characterized by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) analysis. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to investigate the chemical structures and microstructural properties, respectively. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis and tensile test were done to investigate thermomechanical properties of the membranes. Density and dynamic viscosity of membrane casting solutions as well as porosity, mean pore size, contact angle and water content of the prepared membranes were determined to investigate how these parameters affect the morphology of the membranes. Finally, separation performance of the membrane samples was investigated by determining water flux, salt (CuSO4) rejection, and anti-fouling properties. SEM results showed an increase in top layer pore volumes with the incorporation of ZnY nanoparticles, which offer a higher water flux. AFM images indicated the higher surface roughness for an MMM compared to the pure PPSU membrane. FTIR spectroscopy confirmed the presence of all PPSU and ZnY functional groups in the MMM and showed no existence of chemical bonds at the polymer-particle interface. XRD patterns exhibited a decrease in the degree of crystallinity by addition ZnY nanoparticles into PPSU matrix. DSC and tensile tests confirmed the XRD analysis and show lower Tg and tensile stress for an MMM compared to the pure PPSU membrane. Porosity measurements showed that the membrane porosity improved by decreasing the polymer concentration in the casting solutions and by incorporation of