Removal of organic micropollutans by adsorptive membrane

Gülmire İlyasoglu, Borte Kose-Mutlu, Oyku Mutlu-Salmanli, Ismail Koyuncu*

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Various emerging organic micropollutants, such as pharmaceuticals, have attracted the interest of the water industry during the last two decades due to their insufficient removal during conventional water and wastewater treatment methods and increasing demand for pharmaceuticals projected to climate change-related impacts and COVID-19, nanosorbents such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs), graphene oxides (GOs), and metallic organic frameworks (MOFs) have recently been extensively explored regarding their potential environmental applications. Due to their unique physicochemical features, the use of these nanoadsorbents for organic micropollutans in water and wastewater treatment processes has been a rapidly growing topic of research in recent literature. Adsorptive membranes, which include these nanosorbents, combine the benefits of adsorption with membrane separation, allowing for high flow rates and faster adsorption/desorption rates, and have received a lot of publicity in recent years. The most recent advances in the fabrication of adsorptive membranes (including homogeneous membranes, mixed matrix membranes, and composite membranes), as well as their basic principles and applications in water and wastewater treatment, are discussed in this review. This paper covers ten years, from 2011 to 2021, and examines over 100 published studies, highlighting that micropollutans can pose a serious threat to surface water environments and that adsorptive membranes are promising, particularly in the adsorption of trace substances with fast kinetics. Membrane fouling, on the other hand, should be given more attention in future studies due to the high costs and restricted reusability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number134775
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022

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Acknowledges the TÜBİTAK (Project No. 119N019 ) and Istanbul Technical University Scientific Research Projects Coordination Department (Project No. MAB-2021-43214 ) for financial support.

FundersFunder number
Istanbul Technical University Scientific Research Projects Coordination DepartmentMAB-2021-43214
Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Araştirma Kurumu119N019


    • Adsprtive membranes
    • Membrane processes
    • Micropollutant
    • Nanoadsorbents
    • Pandemic


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