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SYNTHETIC MEMBRANES AND METHODS OF USE THEREOF

United States Patent Application

20170312698
A1
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The present invention relates to synthetic membranes and use of these synthetic membranes for isolation of volatile organic compounds and purification of water. The synthetic membrane includes a hydrophobic polymer layer located on a polymeric membrane support layer. The invention includes a method of isolating volatile organic compounds with the synthetic membrane by contacting a volatile organic mixture with the hydrophobic polymer layer of the synthetic membrane and removing volatile organic compounds from the polymeric membrane support layer of the synthetic membrane by a process of pervaporation. The invention also includes a method of purifying water with the synthetic membrane by contacting an ionic solution with the hydrophobic polymer layer of the synthetic membrane and removing water from the polymeric membrane support layer of the synthetic membrane by a process of reverse osmosis. The invention also relates to methods of isolating non-polar gases by gas fractionation.
BELFORT, Georges (Slingerlands, NY), GRIMALDI, Joseph (Clifton Park, NY), IMBROGNO, Joseph (Massapequa, NY), KILDUFF, James (Saratoga Springs, NY), KEATING, IV, John Joseph (Troy, NY)
15/ 593,675
May 12, 2017
STATEMENT ON FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] This invention was made with government support under grant numbers DE-FG02-09ER16005 and DE/SC0006520 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.