New hydrophilic polypropylene membranes; fabrication and evaluation

T. C. Chung, S. H. Lee

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This article discusses a new method to prepare polypropylene membrane that has hydrophilic surfaces and asymmetric porous structure. This membrane is based on a newly developed hydroxylated polypropylene (PP-OH), which has a "brushlike" microstructure, high molecular weight, high melting point, and relatively high concentration of hydroxy groups. Under the leaching process conditions, various asymmetric hydrophilic PP/PP-OH membranes are prepared with controllable pore structures. The PP-OH polymer becomes the surface modifier of asymmetric PP membrane with flexible functional groups located on the membrane surfaces, including pore surfaces. This new hydrophilic PP PP-OH membrane is useful in ultrafiltration, not only offering good selectivity and flux but also showing excellence in antifouling property.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-575
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 18 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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