Modification of reinforced hollow fiber membranes with WO3 nanosheets for treatment of textile wastewater by membrane bioreactor

Koyuncu İ., Eryildiz B., Kaya R., Karakus Y., Zakeri F., Khataee A., ...More

Journal of Environmental Management, vol.326, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 326
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.116758
  • Journal Name: Journal of Environmental Management
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, PASCAL, Aerospace Database, Aqualine, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Communication Abstracts, EMBASE, Environment Index, Geobase, Greenfile, Index Islamicus, MEDLINE, Metadex, Pollution Abstracts, Public Affairs Index, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: Membrane bioreactor, Reinforced hollow fiber, Nanosheets, Antifouling
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


© 2022 Elsevier LtdIn this study, performance of braid reinforced hollow fiber membrane containing polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) embedded with tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanosheets in a membrane bioreactor (MBR) was examined for textile wastewater treatment. The WO3 nanosheets was synthesized and blended at different concentrations (0.1–0.02 wt%) in casting solutions of the membranes. The WO3 nanosheets characterized using various tests such as XRD, FTIR, SEM, EDS, dot-mapping, and TEM. Furthermore, the effects of the increased WO3 nanosheets into the PVDF matrix on the membrane morphology, hydrophilicity, permeability, antifouling, and COD and color removal efficiency was investigated. The addition of 0.1 wt% of the nanosheets reduces the water contact angle from 69.3° to 62.5° while increasing overall porosity from 37.5 to 43.2%. COD and color removal for PVDF/0.10 wt% WO3 membrane was between 86-89% and 72–76%, respectively. While the TMP of modified WO3 membranes did not significantly increase due to antimicrobial properties of the WO3 nanosheets, the TMP of the pure PVDF membrane increase, indicating considerable cake layer fouling. The results of this study showed that modification of PVDF braid reinforced hollow fiber membrane using WO3 nanosheets is promising membrane for MBR systems.