New Polymeric Composite Materials, Chapter 8


Organic-TiO2 Nano Composite Membranes

Dhiraj Sud

The synergy between organic and inorganic materials offers the possibility for the development of new generation innovative organic–inorganic composites with diversified applications such as catalysis, photocatalysis, separation technology, energy storage and drug delivery. Recently there has been an upsurge in the development of polymeric matrix nanocomposite membranes for gas separation, protein exchange membrane fuel cell, direct methanol fuel cell, solvent nanofiltration and water treatment. Membrane separation technology has been proven to be an economical method of water purification due to its high separation efficiency, easy operation and low energy consumption. The incorporation of well-known titanium oxide (TiO2) photocatalyst into polymeric matrices is known to affect membrane structure and properties. The potential of TiO2 to impart much desired characteristics such as antimicrobial, super-hydrophilic and photocatalytic properties to the membranes could lead to finding aj energy and cost effective solution for water treatment. The present chapter discusses the scientific and technical advancements in the development of organic polymer based TiO2 nanocomposite membranes for water treatment.

Titanium oxide, Photocatalyst, Nanocomposite Membrane, Organic Pollutants

Published online 11/1/2016, 40 pages


Part of New Polymeric Composite Materials

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