Green preparation of silk nanofiber membranes from natural silkworms for effective dye/salt fractionation

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Green preparation of silk nanofiber membranes from natural silkworms for effective dye/salt fractionation
Title:
Green preparation of silk nanofiber membranes from natural silkworms for effective dye/salt fractionation
Journal Title:
Journal of Membrane Science
Publication Date:
04 April 2024
Citation:
Li, B., Chai, C. H. T., Koh, X. Q., Tang, K. Y., Chan, C. Y., Heng, J. Z. X., Wang, S., Wang, N., Ye, E., & Li, Z. (2024). Green preparation of silk nanofiber membranes from natural silkworms for effective dye/salt fractionation. Journal of Membrane Science, 701, 122741. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2024.122741
Abstract:
While membranes are widely used in sustainable separations, they are mostly made from petroleum-based polymers and toxic solvents, which are not only harmful to the environment, but also pose a major risk to the safety and health of people. Aiming to enhance the sustainability of fabricating membranes, a biobased silk nanofiber (SNF) membrane is uniquely developed from natural silkworms using green solvents and pressure-assisted deposition method for dye/salt fractionation. One key feature is the replacement of traditional toxic solvents used for SNF extraction to a green solvent, deep eutectic solvent (DES) which is utilized and recycled for SNF preparation. The use of DES can effectively weaken the bonding to disintegrate the silk fibers into microfibrils without destroying the inherent properties of silk fibers. Various SNF loadings are explored to investigate the self-assembling of SNF and optimize the separation performance. The optimized SNF membrane exhibits a high separation factor of 110.7 and remarkable stability in continuously separating NaCl and rose bengal for 100 h. As compared to the conventional membranes for dye/salt fractionation, the newly developed biobased SNF membrane significantly reduces the environmental hazard by incorporating renewable polymers and green solvents, offering a promising pathway towards the establishment of a sustainable membrane industry.
License type:
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
Funding Info:
This research / project is supported by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) - Career Development Fund – Seed Project 2022
Grant Reference no. : C222812032

This research / project is supported by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) - RIE2025 Manufacturing, Trade and Connectivity (MTC) Young Individual Research Grants (YIRG)
Grant Reference no. : M22K3c0103

This research / project is supported by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) - RIE2025 MTC Programmatic Funding
Grant Reference no. : M22K9b0049
Description:
ISSN:
0376-7388
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