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Polymer-Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposite Porous Membranes

The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

Functionalized CNTs are added as nanofillers to polymeric membranes (e.g. cellulose acetate) to result in novel nanocomposite asymmetric porous membranes where the CNTs are randomly oriented. These membranes exhibit improved water permeability without adversely affecting their selectivity, and target water filtration/desalination applications

Primary Application Area: Environmental, Water & Waste

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Nanocomposite membranes containing CNTs improve water permeation through them. Current work (including patents) in this field focus on producing nanocomposite membranes with aligned CNTs, which is technically challenging. Our membranes contain randomly oriented CNTs, and a much simpler preparation procedure leads to membranes with enhanced permeation.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 817

Website: www.aucegypt.edu

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

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Primary Sources of Funding: University

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners