Chemical Research in Chinese Universities

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 714–720 | Cite as

Self-cleaning Anti-fouling TiO2/Poly(aryl ether sulfone) Composite Ultrafiltration Membranes

  • Wenzhe Geng
  • Hongchuan Jiang
  • Xia Yang
  • Yong Feng
  • Xinyu Wang
  • Zhi GengEmail author
  • Mingxin Huo


A series of novel TiO2/poly(aryl ether sulfone) ultrafiltration membranes with anti-fouling and self-cleaning properties was designed and prepared. First, anti-photocatalytic degraded fluorine contained poly(aryl ether sulfone) matrix(PAES-F) was synthesized. Then the composite membranes were prepared via TiO2 nanoparticles and PAES-F polymer matrix by solution blending and non-solvent induced phase inversion methods. Further, separation efficiency, fouling behavior and self-cleaning property of the composite ultrafiltration(UF) membranes were investigated by dead-end filtration experiments using a polyacrylamide solution. The composite UF membranes exhibited outstanding self-cleaning efficiency and anti-photocatalytic degraded property after exposure to simulated sunlight irradiation. The water flux recovery ratios(FRR) of the optimal composite UF membranes could reach 74.24%, which was attributable to photocatalytic degradation of the organic contaminant by TiO2. And the retention rates of the composite UF membranes could maintain over 97%, which indicated the excellent photocatalytic degradation resistance of the fluorine contained PAES-F matrix. The novel high performance composite UF membranes have a broad application prospect in water treatment.


Poly(aryl ether sulfone) Ultrafiltration Anti-fouling Self-cleaning Titanium dioxide 


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© Jilin University, The Editorial Department of Chemical Research in Chinese Universities and Springer-Verlag GmbH 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wenzhe Geng
    • 1
  • Hongchuan Jiang
    • 1
  • Xia Yang
    • 1
  • Yong Feng
    • 1
  • Xinyu Wang
    • 1
  • Zhi Geng
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mingxin Huo
    • 1
  1. 1.Jilin Engineering Lab for Water Pollution Control and Resources Recovery, College of EnvironmentNortheast Normal UniversityChangchunP. R. China

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