Water Purification Membrane Systems-III (Inorganic)

Objective

  • Develop nano-particle and polymer composite membranes
  • Increase oil flux and water rejection
  • Develop membranes with high ease of use, reduced maintenance and reproducible performance
  • Tunable membranes for hydrophobicity, light-stimulated switch-ability and self cleaning ability

Impact

  • Produce porous sponges, pads and stainless steel membranes for underwater oil spill recovery
  • Regeneration of devices through light irradiation
  • Commercial potential of advanced oil-holding materials

Key Milestones

  • Synthesize various photo catalytic metal nanoparticles
  • Fabricate nanowire/polymer coatings on carbon nanotubes and stainless steel mesh with photo cross-linking
  • Underwater oil recovery evaluation
  • Study the efficiency, reproducibility and oil holding capacity of the devices
  • Determine commercial and economic viability