Thermal annealing effect on cellulose acetate reverse osmosis membrane structure

Myeong Jin Han, Dibakar Bhattacharyya

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The structure variation of cellulose acetate (CA) reverse osmosis (RO) membranes due to thermal annealing was investigated by using gas adsorption. When the CA membranes were dehydrated by freeze-drying, the morphology of the unannealed membrane was similar to that of the annealed membrane. On the contrary, with air-drying which induced structure collapse of the CA membranes, gas adsorption behavior of the unannealed membrane showed a significant difference from that of the annealed membrane. The CA RO membrane in an unannealed state totally collapsed during air-drying, but the membrane that was annealed for 10 min at 90°C showed significantly reduced collapsing compared to the unannealed one. However, even though the CA membranes were annealed, use of methanol as the wetting agent caused complete collapsing during air-drying.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-200
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1995

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Funding Information:
This research pioject was supported by a NSF/EPSCOR grant (EIIR-9108764) through the University of Kentucky Center of Membrane Sciences.


  • Reverse osmosis
  • Thermal annealing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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