Bryce Askew

Chemical engineering

Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2025

Additional details: First-generation college student, Honors student

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FURI | Fall 2023

Synthesis of Polymers to Make Membranes for Water Purification

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 examine the application of PDMS-based membranes for use in water treatment, with a consideration on scalability into industry.


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Examining the applicability of functionalized polymer membranes to separate organic contaminants from water through pervaporation will help provide clean water.


  • FURI
  • Summer 2023