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Super-surface selective nanomembranes providing simultaneous high permeation flux and high selectivity

United States Patent

April 12, 2016
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Superhydrophobic membrane structures having a beneficial combination of throughput and a selectivity. The membrane structure can include a porous support substrate; and a membrane layer adherently disposed on and in contact with the porous support substrate. The membrane layer can include a nanoporous material having a superhydrophobic surface. The superhydrophobic surface can include a textured surface, and a modifying material disposed on the textured surface. Methods of making and using the membrane structures.
Hu; Michael Z. (Oak Ridge, TN), Simpson; John T. (Oak Ridge, TN), Aytug; Tolga (Oak Ridge, TN), Paranthaman; Mariappan Parans (Oak Ridge, TN), Sturgeon; Matthew R. (Golden, CO)
13/ 666,217
November 1, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to contract no. DE-AC05-00OR22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC.