Cyclodextrin-dendrimer functionalized polysulfone membrane for the removal of humic acid in water

Soraya P. Malinga, Omotayo A. Arotiba, Rui W.M. Krause, Selwyn F. Mapolie, Mamadou S. Diallo, Bhekie B. Mamba

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Commercial polysulfone (PSf) membranes were crosslinked with a β-cyclodextrin-poly (propyleneimine) (β-CD-PPI) conjugate which had β-CD pendant arms using trimesoyl chloride (TMC) by interfacial polymerization. The morphology and physicochemical properties of the nanofiltration membranes were characterized using Fourier transform infrared/attenuated total reflectance (FT-IR/ATR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and cross-flow filtration system. Water-contact angle, water-intake capacity, and rejection capacities of the membranes were evaluated. The β-CD-G4 (generation 4)-PPI-PSf and β-CD-G3 (generation 3)-PPI-PSf membranes both exhibited high humic acid rejection of 72% as compared to the commercial PSf which exhibited 57%. The modified membranes were also more hydrophilic (36°to 41°) than PSf (76°). These results suggest that β-CD-PPI nanostructures are promising materials for the synthesis of membranes for the removal of humic acid from water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4428-4439
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2013


  • dendrimers
  • hyperbranched polymers and macrocycles
  • membranes
  • nanostructured polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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