Constructing quaternized graphene oxide filtration layer on PVDF membrane by a facile strategy via dopamine crosslinking and its performance

Ximeng Zhang, Fangbo Zhao, Liu Yang, Chengbao Geng, Hee Deung Park, Hongxu Chen, Zhiguo Li, Ye Yang

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The increasing utilization of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) ultrafiltration membranes in water treatment has necessitated the development of membranes with superior separation, antifouling performance and high pure water permeability. As a hydrophilic and antibacterial modifier, quaternized graphene oxide (QGO) has been successfully applied to improve the antifouling and antibacterial properties of the membranes simultaneously. Herein, we proposed a simple and effective strategy to fabricate a nanocomposite ultrafiltration membrane by coating the PVDF membrane surface with QGO and using polydopamine (PDA) as a “bio-glue”. The filtration followed by cross-linking method was utilized to construct a “brick-mud” structure on the membrane surface. The prepared QGO/PDA-PVDF membrane exhibited favorable separation and antifouling properties (79.5% of BSA rejection rate, 15.7% of irreversible fouling rate when filtering 0.5 g/L BSA solution, 97.2% of E. coli and 96.3% of S. aureus antibacterial rate), while maintaining a high pure water permeability of 1105.4 L.m−2.h−−1. QGO nanosheets were stably coated on the membrane surface, and the QGO/PDA-PVDF membrane prepared by this novel strategy also demonstrated application potential in the field of seawater desalination pretreatment. Besides, the possible mechanisms during modifications were also discussed. This research could serve as a reference for improving the comprehensive performance of PVDF ultrafiltration membrane through surface coating.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111611
JournalJournal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Dec

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  • Antifouling
  • Cross-linked membrane
  • Pure water permeability
  • Quaternized graphene oxide
  • Separation performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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