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Synthesis, Functionalization, and Application of Polymeric Membrane Blends of Polysulfone, Poly-ether ether-ketone, and Natural Fiber Biochar for Optimal Water Treatment.

CP 114
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s):
Abelline Fionah

According to the center for disease control (CDC), an estimated 1.7 to 2.2 million persons die from waterborne diseases annually. The majority of individuals dying from diseases resulting from unsafe drinking water, such as diarrhea and gastroenteritis, are children. This has in turn created a global water crisis. Different methods have been developed to treat contaminated water in response to the global water crisis such as adsorption, filtration, ozonolysis, catalysis, etc. Of the methods available, filtration via polymeric membranes has been one of the most successfully applied. A membrane is a thin semi-permeable barrier (often made of a polymer) used to separate differing phases in a media under pressure. Membrane filtration is ideal for water treatment due to high rejection and throughput, as well as ease of integration into other water treatment systems. Unlike other methods of water treatment, membrane filtration can be easily tuned to target specified contaminant at different size and pressure levels.