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Superhydrophilic Functionalization of Microfiltration Ceramic Membranes Enables Separation of Hydrocarbons from Frac and Produced Water

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, September 2017
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Title
Superhydrophilic Functionalization of Microfiltration Ceramic Membranes Enables Separation of Hydrocarbons from Frac and Produced Water
Published in
Scientific Reports, September 2017
DOI 10.1038/s41598-017-12499-w
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Authors

Samuel J. Maguire-Boyle, Joseph E. Huseman, Thomas J. Ainscough, Darren L. Oatley-Radcliffe, Abdullah A. Alabdulkarem, Sattam Fahad Al-Mojil, Andrew R. Barron

Abstract

The environmental impact of shale oil and gas production by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is of increasing concern. The biggest potential source of environmental contamination is flowback and produced water, which is highly contaminated with hydrocarbons, bacteria and particulates, meaning that traditional membranes are readily fouled. We show the chemical functionalisation of alumina ceramic microfiltration membranes (0.22 μm pore size) with cysteic acid creates a superhydrophilic surface, allowing for separation of hydrocarbons from frac and produced waters without fouling. The single pass rejection coefficients was >90% for all samples. The separation of hydrocarbons from water when the former have hydrodynamic diameters smaller than the pore size of the membrane is due to the zwitter ionically charged superhydrophilic pore surface. Membrane fouling is essentially eliminated, while a specific flux is obtained at a lower pressure (<2 bar) than that required achieving the same flux for the untreated membrane (4-8 bar).

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 48 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 11 23%
Student > Master 6 13%
Researcher 5 10%
Student > Postgraduate 4 8%
Student > Bachelor 4 8%
Other 12 25%
Unknown 6 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Chemical Engineering 8 17%
Environmental Science 8 17%
Engineering 8 17%
Chemistry 5 10%
Materials Science 2 4%
Other 6 13%
Unknown 11 23%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 135. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 12 October 2017.
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#146,753
of 15,677,517 outputs
Outputs from Scientific Reports
#1,786
of 81,585 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#5,181
of 278,138 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Scientific Reports
#6
of 122 outputs
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