Journal of Polymer Research

, 25:50 | Cite as

Characterization of triple electrospun layers of PVDF for direct contact membrane distillation process

  • Adeleh Ebrahimi
  • Mohammad Karimi
  • Farzin Zokaee Ashtiani


Recently, electrospinning technique was applied successfully to fabricate porous hydrophobic membranes for MD applications. In this work, a novel triple layer configuration with diameter gradient for PVDF nanofiber membranes is proposed, with the objective of to minimize mass transfer resistance and heat loss. In outer layers of these membranes, the minimum concentration of PVDF (20 wt%) was used to produce bead-free nanofibers with thinner diameters and middle layers were composed of thicker nanofibers formed at higher polymer concentrations (21.5-26 wt%). Characterization of prepared membranes was conducted by the measurement of porosity, thickness, liquid entry pressure (LEP), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), contact angle, thermal and mechanical properties. Direct contact membrane distillation performance of fabricated membranes was tested using 42 g/L NaCl as feed solution. Water permeate flux of triple layer membranes (27.8-31.5 kg/m2 h) was found to be considerably higher than that obtained from single layer membrane (15.4 kg/m2 h), indicating the proposed configuration can effectively improve evaporation efficiency.


Electrospinning Nanofiber membranes PVDF Direct contact membrane distillation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adeleh Ebrahimi
    • 1
  • Mohammad Karimi
    • 1
  • Farzin Zokaee Ashtiani
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Textile EngineeringAmirkabir University of TechnologyTehranIran
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringAmirkabir University of TechnologyTehranIran

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