Micellar-Enhanced Ultrafiltration (MEUF)

  • Sourav Mondal
  • Mihir Kumar Purkait
  • Sirshendu De
Part of the Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technology book series (GCST)


Typically, the micelles are charged globular particles formed due to agglomeration of surfactant molecules when present above a critical concentration in water. Due to the charge interactions, micelles act as excellent binding agent to the dye molecules, thus solubilizing it. Even in case of uncharged dyes, nonionic surfactant micelles can solubilize it inside the micelle core. Once the low molecular weight dyes are solubilized by the micelles, the micelle-dye complex can be effectively separated by an open membrane (large pore size, large molecular weight cutoff), thus producing high throughput of clean water per unit pressure drop. This chapter deals with various types of dyes and surfactant combination in different membrane separation systems, analyzing its performance and relative separation efficiencies.


Micellar-enhanced ultrafiltration Micelle Ultrafiltration Gel layer Surfactant 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sourav Mondal
    • 1
  • Mihir Kumar Purkait
    • 2
  • Sirshendu De
    • 3
  1. 1.Mathematical InstituteUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology GuwahatiGuwahatiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Chemical EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpurIndia

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