Polyacrylamide-Polydivinylbenzene Decorated Membrane for Sundry Ionic Stabilized Emulsions Separation via a Facile Solvothermal Method

Aiming to solve the worldwide challenge of stabilized oil-in-water emulsion separation, a PAM-PDVB decorated nylon membrane is fabricated via a facile solvothermal route in our group. The main composition is PAM, while the PDVB plays a role as cross-linker in order to improve the interaction between the polymer and the substrate. By the combination of the superhydrophilic and underwater superoleophobic wettability of the PAM polymer with the micropore size of the substrate, the as-prepared material is able to achieve the separation of various stabilized oil-in-water emulsions including cationic type, nonionic type, and anionic type. Compared with previous works, the emulsions used in this case are more stable and can stay for several days. Besides, the solvothermal method is facile, cost saving, and relatively environmentally friendly in this experiment. Moreover, the PAM-PDVB modified membrane exhibits excellent pH stability, recyclability, and high separation efficiency (above 99%), which can be scaled up and used in the practical industrial field.