FURI | Summer 2023

Synthesis of Polymers to Make Membranes for Water Purification

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This project seeks to examine the effect of different levels of functionalization of a polydimethylsiloxane-based (PDMS) membrane on the efficacy of the membrane in removing contaminants from water. The separation method being studied in this project is pervaporation, and the efficacy of the membranes will be gauged by permeance, flux, and selectivity when removing organic contaminants from water. The intended impact of this research is to expand on existing research into pervaporation as a separations method, as well as examining the application of PDMS-based membranes for use in water treatment, with a consideration on scalability into industry.

Student researcher

Bryce Askew

Chemical engineering

Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2025