Development of Advanced Super-hydrophilic and Underwater Super-oleophobic Membranes for Oily Water Treatment

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Development of advanced membranes with super-hydrophilic and underwater super-oleophobic characteristics presents a potential alternative for remediation of oily water because of its effectiveness, simplicity and low cost. In this research work, we will aim to develop super-hydrophilic and underwater super-oleophobic membranes using in-situ oxidative polymerization of advanced class of monomers on various types of ceramic and polymeric porous supports. The main preferred perspective of this mothed is that it's quick, straightforward, versatile and economical. What's more, the developed membranes boasts surprising proclivity towards water and superb repellency to oil underwater. These developed membranes will be utilized for the treatment of oily water. The benefit of utilizing advanced class of monomers on various types of ceramic and polymeric porous supports is the accompanying: in spite of the fact that the oil content in the water is efficiently filtered in this strategy for oil-water separation, the water is as yet unusable because of the presence of numerous other environmental pollutants, starting from the long contact between water and oil. The surface morphology, wetting and non-wetting behaviour, surface topography, structural and elemental analysis of the fabricated membranes, as applied for the purpose of oily water or oil/water separation, along with the corresponding efficiency attained, will be studied in detail in this project. Theoretical modelling of the membranes based on the experimental results of surface wettability and oil/water separation will also be studied in this project. This project will encourage multidisciplinary research and the transfer of technology in the field of remediation of oily water and water purification. In addition, this project will be a platform for training undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of membrane technology and water treatment, which requires a multidisciplinary team from Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Physics and Environmental Scientist. It is also anticipated that the project will have intellectual benefits in the form of publications and patents.
Effective start/end date15/03/2215/11/23


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