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The effects of confinement of multilayer graphene platelets in hydrophobic microporous polymeric membranes are here examined. Intermolecular interactions between water vapour molecules and nanocomposite membranes are envisaged to originate assisted transport of water vapour in membrane distillation processes when a suitable filler-polymer ratio is reached. Mass transport coefficients are estimated under different working conditions, suggesting a strong dependence of the transport on molecular interactions. Remarkably, no thermal polarization is observed, although the filler exhibits ultrahigh thermal conductivity. In contrast, enhanced resistance to wetting as well as outstanding mechanical and chemical stability meets the basic requirements of water purification via membrane distillation. As a result, a significant improvement of the productivity–efficiency trade-off is achieved with respect to the pristine …
Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2019

Emilia Gontarek, F Macedonio, F Militano, L Giorno, Marek Lieder, A Politano, E Drioli, Annarosa Gugliuzza

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Volume: 11 Issue: 24 Pages: 11521-11529