Characteristics of ultrafiltration ceramic membranes derived from alumoxane nanoparticles


Journal Article

Alumoxanes nanoparticles were cast onto α-alumina supports by slip-coating to develop asymmetric ultrafiltration ceramic membranes. Membrane layers as thin as 1 or 2μm were achieved. The effect of sintering conditions was investigated. Membrane surface morphology was imaged by SEM and AFM. The molecular weight cut off was evaluated for these membranes and compared to pore size data obtained by nitrogen adsorption in an effort to correlate pore size and actual performance of the membrane. Membranes were sintered at temperatures between 600 and 1100°C. The pore sizes increased with higher sintering temperature, from 7nm at 600°C to 10nm at 1000°C, followed by a sharp increase due to the transformation to α-alumina at higher firing temperatures. The molecular weight cut off showed no considerable variation up to 1000°C. These results are in good agreement with equations reported by several authors that correlate molecular weight with size. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cortalezzi, MM; Rose, J; Barron, AR; Wiesner, MR

Published Date

  • January 1, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 205 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 33 - 43

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0376-7388

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0376-7388(02)00049-2

Citation Source

  • Scopus