Clean Technology for Volatile Organic Compound Removal from Wastewater

  • Filiz Ugur NigizEmail author
  • Nilufer Durmaz Hilmioglu


Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are the main contaminants in industrial wastewater. It is well known that the presence of these compounds in water—even if they are at low concentration—causes a carcinogenic effect. At industrial scale, removal of these compounds is possible commercially. Membrane-based pervaporation (PV) promises to be clean energy system when it is accompanied with the membrane which has high affinity to VOCs. Compared to the other methods, PV offers some advantages. It is energy intensive, cost effective, clean, and modular technology. In this work, pristine and 20 wt.% and 30 % of ZSM-5-filled zeolite-loaded composite polydimethylsiloxane membranes are prepared and they are employed in pervaporation process to separate toluene from toluene–water mixtures. PV performance is evaluated as a function of flux and enrichment factor. ZSM-5 zeolite is selected as inorganic particle due to the highly hydrophobic characteristic. Pervaporation experiments are carried out at room temperature.


Pervaporation VOC removal Toluene removal ZSM-5 zeolite Polydimethylsiloxane 



Effective area of the membrane




Degree of swelling




Weights of dry membrane


Total permeate weights of mixtures


Weights of swollen membrane


Concentration of the toluene in the feed mixture


Concentration of the toluene in the permeate mixture

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Enrichment factor







Ethylene propylene diene monomer


















Volatile organic compound


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chemical Engineering DepartmentKocaeli UniversityKocaeliTurkey

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