This work describes the development of micro-scale hollow fibers (HF) ultrafiltration membrane module using asymmetric microtubes produced by the co-electrospinning technique. Poly(caprolactone) (PCL) microtubes of average inner diameter of 4μm with wall thickness of 0.9μm and poly(vinylidenefluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) with average inner diameter of 1.4μm, wall thickness of 0.9μm have been successfully achieved. The retention of the water soluble polymer poly(acrylic acid-co-maleic acid), sodium salt (50kDa) (PAA) (as a model contaminant) was used to evaluate the performance of HF modules. Applying pressure of up to 3.5bars to the HF modules of PCL and PVDF-HFP of 5.4cm in length have shown typical flux of 30-60L/m2h, typical rejection of 25-35% and 28-40% correspondingly, and typical recovery of 20-37%. These results show a great potential in the use of micro-scale HF membranes for water purification.
- Hollow fiber