Cellulose Acetate Membranes - Reverse Osmosis Systems Print E-mail

Cellulose Acetate Membranes - Cellulose acetate reverse osmosis membranes comprise an asymmetric polymer commonly used in the construction of RO membrane elements (other membrane materials include polyamide and polysulfone). Originally cellulose acetate membranes were made of cellulose diacetate, cellulose triacetate or a blend of these materials. Cellulose acetate membranes need a residual of chlorine to protect them from biological attack. They also have tight pH operating requirements.

Cellulose acetate membranes are considered uncharged because their functional groups are not polar (polyamide and polysulfone are). Because cellulose acetate membranes are non-polar they do not attract foulants to the surfaces as easily. Less fouling is observed also due to a smother surface of a cellulose acetate membrane. Cellulose acetate membranes are easily degraded by bio-fouling.

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