The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 224, Issue 9, pp 1911–1919 | Cite as

Quantitative PVP mapping in PVDF hollow fiber membranes by using Raman spectroscopy coupled with spectral chemiometrics analysis

  • E. Dufour
  • S. Gassara
  • E. Petit
  • C. Pochat-Bohatier
  • A. DerataniEmail author
Regular Article
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  1. Advances in Design and Modeling of Porous Materials


Fabrication of fouling resistant UF membranes requires the use of hydrophilic polymer additives that must be trapped in the polymer matrix during the phase separation processing. The knowledge of the polymeric additive distribution across the whole thickness should help to the design of more efficient membranes. This paper aims at developing a new methodology based on Raman microscopy spectroscopy owing to its high spatial resolution. A UF hollow fiber made from a blend of PVDF as polymer matrix and PVP as additive was chosen as a model membrane for this study. The PVP concentration profile along the cross-section radial axis was determined by using two ways of spectrum treatment including the analytical method by the peak intensity ratio calculation and a multivariate analysis with a partial least-squares regression model. The feasibility of the two approaches was discussed.


PVDF European Physical Journal Special Topic Phase Separation Processing PLSR Model Outer Wall Surface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Dufour
    • 1
  • S. Gassara
    • 1
  • E. Petit
    • 1
  • C. Pochat-Bohatier
    • 1
  • A. Deratani
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institut Européen des Membranes, Université Montpellier 2Montpellier Cedex 5France

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