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Microwave Synthesis of Poly(Acrylic) Acid-Coated Magnetic Nanoparticles as Draw Solutes in Forward Osmosis
Sabina Vohl, Irena Ban, Mihael Drofenik, Hermina Bukšek, Sašo Gyergyek, Irena Petrinić, Claus Hélix-Nielsen, Janja Stergar, 2023, original scientific article

Abstract: Polyacrylic acid (PAA)-coated magnetic nanoparticles (MNP@PAA) were synthesized and evaluated as draw solutes in the forward osmosis (FO) process. MNP@PAA were synthesized by microwave irradiation and chemical co-precipitation from aqueous solutions of Fe2+ and Fe3+ salts. The results showed that the synthesized MNPs have spherical shapes of maghemite Fe2O3 and superparamagnetic properties, which allow draw solution (DS) recovery using an external magnetic field. Synthesized MNP, coated with PAA, yielded an osmotic pressure of ~12.8 bar at a 0.7% concentration, resulting in an initial water flux of 8.1 LMH. The MNP@PAA particles were captured by an external magnetic field, rinsed in ethanol, and re-concentrated as DS in repetitive FO experiments with deionized water as a feed solution (FS). The osmotic pressure of the re-concentrated DS was 4.1 bar at a 0.35% concentration, resulting in an initial water flux of 2.1 LMH. Taken together, the results show the feasibility of using MNP@PAA particles as draw solutes.
Keywords: magnetic nanoparticles, microwave synthesis, polyacrilic acid, osmotic pressure, draw solution, forward osmosis
Published in DKUM: 05.12.2023; Views: 292; Downloads: 15
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Donnan equilibrium and osmotic pressure in hollow polyelectrolyte microcapsules
David Haložan, Gleb B. Sukhorukov, Milan Brumen, Edwin Donath, Helmuth Möhwald, 2007, original scientific article

Abstract: A simple theoretical model of the Donnan equilibrium is applied to studies of distributions of ions between the external and internal volumes of hollow polyelectrolyte capsules as well as of concomitant osmotic pressure load on a capsule wall resulting from these distributions and the presence of polyanion. The model system consist of dispersed polyelectrolyte capsules in an electrolyte solution whereby two cases are considered with respect to the presence of the polyanion, either in the inner or external solution. It is assumed that the capsule wall is impermeable to polyanion, but water and all ions can freely penetrate. The model predictions are summarized by presenting the difference between the external pH, the pH of the inner solution and the osmotic pressure difference across the capsule wall, both in the dependence of sodium chloride concentration.
Keywords: biophysics, polyelectrolytes, polyelectrolyte capsules, Donnan equilibrium, osmotic pressure
Published in DKUM: 07.06.2012; Views: 2091; Downloads: 122
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