Fabrication and Characterization of Polysulfone-Zeolite ZSM-5 Mixed Matrix Membrane for Heavy Metal Ion Removal Application


  • G. P. Syed Ibrahim Membrane Technology Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, Mangalore 575 025, India
  • Arun M. Isloor Membrane Technology Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, Mangalore 575 025, India
  • Amir Al Ahmed Center of Research Excellence in Renewable Energy (CORE-RE), King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
  • B. Lakshmi Department of Chemistry, Reva University, Bangalore 560054, Karnataka, India




Mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) of Polysulfone (PSf)-Zeolite ZSM-5 (ZZSM-5) were prepared by phase inversion method with a dose ranging from 1.0 to 4.0 Wt. % with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as the fore forming agent. The prepared mixed matrix membranes were scrutinized for their permeation, hydrophilicity and anti-fouling nature. Characterization of the membrane was carried out by Electrokinetic analyzer. The heavy metal ions rejection experiment has been carried out and the results manifested that, the PZM-4 membrane exhibits higher pure water flux of 348.88 L/m2 h, contact angle of 72.7o and the heavy meals rejection of Pb2+ (98.54%) and of Cd2+ (95.32%) ions. Taken as a whole, the modified PSf-ZZSM-5 ultrafiltration membranes are the attractive candidate for the water treatment.


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How to Cite

Syed Ibrahim, G. P., M. Isloor, A., Al Ahmed, A., & Lakshmi, B. (2017). Fabrication and Characterization of Polysulfone-Zeolite ZSM-5 Mixed Matrix Membrane for Heavy Metal Ion Removal Application. Journal of Applied Membrane Science & Technology, 18(1). https://doi.org/10.11113/amst.v18i1.17