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Effect of Membrane Morphology on Microfiltration Separations
Mentor: Dr. Ruth Baltus
Department: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Microfiltration (MF) and ultrafiltration (UF) membranes are commonly employed in the food processing, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and water/wastewater treatment industries. Current design models typically consider the porous membrane to contain pores with simple geometry. But many commercial membranes have complex pore geometry with tortous intersecting pores. In this project, the student will examine particle rejection from different types of membranes with complex morphology. Results for different particle systems and different membrane materials will be investigated and compared to model predictions.