Effect of Toluene Added to Casting Solution on Characteristic of Phase Inversion Polysulfone Membrane

상전환 공정에 의한 폴리설폰막의 제조에 있어 제막용액에 첨가된 톨루엔의 영향

  • Choi, Seung-Rag (Chemical Engineering, Division of Applied Bio-Chemistry, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Park, So-Jin (Chemical Engineering, Division of Applied Bio-Chemistry, Chungnam National University) ;
  • Seo, Bum-Kyoung (Division of Decommissioning Technology Development, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute) ;
  • Lee, Kune Woo (Division of Decommissioning Technology Development, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute) ;
  • Han, Myeong-Jin (Department of Display and Chemical Engineering, Kyungil University)
  • 최승락 (충남대학교 화학공학과) ;
  • 박소진 (충남대학교 화학공학과) ;
  • 서범경 (한국원자력연구소 제염해체기술연구부) ;
  • 이근우 (한국원자력연구소 제염해체기술연구부) ;
  • 한명진 (경일대학교 디스플레이화학공학과)
  • Received : 2008.08.29
  • Accepted : 2008.10.10
  • Published : 2008.12.10


Polysulfone membranes were prepared via the phase inversion process. Toluene was added as a nonsolvent additive in the casting solution containing a mixture of polysulfone and n-methylpyrrolidone. When prepared via the diffusion-induced process using isopropanol as a precipitation nonsolvent, the solidified membranes revealed a similar asymmetric structure irrespective of the addition of toluene, presenting both a dense skin layer and a sponge-like support layer. The added toluene played a role of enhancing liquid-liquid phase separation of the casting solution, and skin layer thickness of a prepared membrane increased with toluene content in the casting solution. On membrane performance, the solute rejection showed a uniform behavior irrespective of the addition of toluene. However, in spite of the significant increase in dense skin layer thickness, the water permeation through the membrane prepared with 60 wt% toluene revealed five times as much flux, compared with that of the membrane prepared without toluene additive.


membrane;phase inversion;polysulfone;nonsolvent additive;permeation


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