Enhancement of Antiwetting Properties of Polystyrene Nanofibrous Membrane by Doping with Graphene Nanoplatelets

Asmaa Elrasheedy, Marwa El Kady, Mohamed Bassyouni, Tsuyoshi Yoshitake, Ahmed Elshazly

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Membrane distillation (MD) being an emerging technology, it suffers from many limitations. One of which is the need for membranes with specific characteristics to ensure successful operation and sustainable performance. Membrane wetting phenomenon is one of the significant disadvantages of MD which take place primarily due to membrane pore wetting with the operating liquids. The present work studies the effect of addition of graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) on enhancing the antiwetting properties of enhanced polystyrene (PS12-SDS) nanofibrous membranes. Results showed that adding 0.5wt% of GNPs to the PS12-SDS polymer matrix enhanced the hydrophobicity of the produced membranes and decreased the mean fiber diameter of the produced membranes by about 5.5% and 36.6%, respectively. The composite (PS12-SDS-GNPs) membrane also showed better salt rejection compared with PS12-SDS at all studied feed flow rates.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaterials Science Forum
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameMaterials Science Forum
Volume1060 MSF
ISSN (Print)0255-5476
ISSN (Electronic)1662-9752

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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