Journal Article


Michael A. Morris
Justin D. Holmes
Donal Keane
Eoin J Flynn



sodium selectivity water membranes separation mixtures ethanol poly vinyl alcohol

Unusual trend of increasing selectivity and decreasing flux with decreasing thickness in pervaporation separation of ethanol/water mixtures using sodium alginate blend membranes. (2011)

Abstract Pervaporation membranes were produced comprising a 4:1 sodium-alginate:poly(vinyl-alcohol) polymer blend selective layer with a plasticizing agent (glycerol). Membranes were supported on a poly(acrylonitrile) mesoporous support layer and non-woven fabric base. Pervaporation separation of ethanol/water mixtures was carefully followed as a function of film thickness and time. It was found, contrary to what might be expected from literature, that these films showed increased selectivity and decreased flux as film thickness was reduced. It is argued that the morphology and structure of the polymer blend changes with thickness and that these structural changes define the efficiency of the separation in these conditions.
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Michael A. Morris, Justin D. Holmes, Donal Keane, Eoin J Flynn

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Michael A. Morris
University College Cork
Total Publications: 164
Justin D. Holmes
University College Cork
Total Publications: 287
Eoin J. Flynn
University College Cork
Total Publications: 3