Investigation of different molecular weight Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) polymer for the fabrication and performance of braid hollow fiber membranes

Tuncay G., Türken T., Koyuncu İ.

ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY, vol.45, no.3, pp.404-417, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 45 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/09593330.2022.2112092
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, PASCAL, Aerospace Database, Aqualine, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, Biotechnology Research Abstracts, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, EMBASE, Environment Index, Geobase, Greenfile, INSPEC, MEDLINE, Metadex, Pollution Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, DIALNET, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.404-417
  • Keywords: Braid reinforced hollow fiber membrane, membrane fabrication, membrane bioreactor, polyvinylidene fluoride, wastewater treatment, WASTE-WATER TREATMENT, INDUCED PHASE-SEPARATION, BIOREACTOR, SURFACE, FLUX, DESIGN, IMPACT, MBR
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In the current study, braid reinforced membranes were fabricated from polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymers with two different molecular weights, and the blending of the polymers in a 1:1 ratio to upgrade the performance of the membrane. Characterization, filtration studies, and membrane bioreactor (MBR) application were done to evaluate membrane performance by applying the same operation conditions on each membrane. Characterization studies indicated that the fabricated membrane from blending polymers was a hydrophilic structure with a contact angle of 50.78 degrees and smoother surface properties compared to the other fabricated membranes. According to the MBR results, at the end of the operation process, TMP levels of the membrane from the blending method are found 150 mbar, membrane from high molecular weight PVDF polymer had 250 mbar, and membrane from low molecular weight PVDF polymer had 800 mbar. As a consequence of the investigation, it is seen that the hydrophilic structure of the membrane allows the pollutant to adsorb less to the blend membrane surface, and the lower roughness is also a factor in reducing fouling.