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Micellar Enhanced Ultrafiltration

Fundamentals & Applications, 1st Edition

By Sirshendu De, Sourav Mondal

CRC Press

224 pages | 76 B/W Illus.

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A response to increasingly stringent regulation of pollution and toxicity levels in industrial waste discharge, Micellar Enhanced Ultrafiltration: Fundamentals & Applications offers the most complete book available on the benefits and use of micellar-enhanced ultrafiltration (MEUF) to achieve continuous removal of organic and inorganic pollutants.

An Unparalleled Book That Addresses Both Academic and Industrial Points of View

Several membrane-based techniques, such as microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, and reverse osmosis, are currently used in a wide range of applications throughout the textile, pulp and paper, sugar, chemical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, biotechnological, and food industries. However, although reverse osmosis is an effective means of removing contaminants, this book explains why MEUF is a better substitute, as it less expensive, less energy-intensive, and more efficient and practical for a wider range of applications.

Topics covered include:

  • Effects of pollution in water and its consequences
  • Various treatment processes and membrane technologies
  • Fundamentals of ultrafiltration
  • Outline of various membrane modules and modeling approaches
  • Principles of colloid chemistry
  • Theories of micelle formation
  • Stability and dynamics of micelles
  • Phenomena of counterion binding
  • Solubilization of organic pollutants
  • Selection criteria for surfactants
  • Various flux enhancement techniques
  • Recovery of precious metals

This book conveys how, with proper selection of surfactant and membrane, MEUF can be used to efficiently remove almost all metal ions (heavy metals, lanthanides, radioactive materials, etc.) with reasonably high efficiency and throughput. It also details the MEUF process for removal of inorganic (cations, anions, and their mixture) and organic pollutants. The authors explain how the economy of the overall process makes recovery and reuse of surfactants essential, and they address various influencing factors on the increase in throughput and the resulting operating problems. Elaborating on technologies involving precipitation and other methods, they also illustrate additional potential applications for MEUF technology.

Table of Contents

Pollution and Importance of Micellar-Enhanced Ultrafiltration

Sources of Water Pollution

Types of Pollutants and Sources

Conventional Treatment Processes

Membrane-Based Separation Process

Micellar-Enhanced Ultrafiltration

Fundamentals of Membrane Separation and Ultrafiltration


Membrane Modules

Operational Problems

Modeling of Concentration Polarization

Applications of Ultrafiltration


Types of Surfactants



Formation of Micelle

Thermodynamics of Micelle Stability

Micelle Characteristics

Counterion Binding to Micelles

Effects on Micelle Formation

Selection of Surfactant

Ionic Surfactant

Nonionic Surfactant

Removal of Inorganic Pollutants

Single Component System

Multicomponent System

Removal of Organic Pollutants

Removal of Single Component System

Removal of Multicomponent System (Exclusively Organic)

Organic-Inorganic Mixture

Permeate Flux: Influencing Factors

Application of External Electric Field

Surface Modification

Hydrodynamic Modifications

Recovery of Surfactants

Recovery of Anionic Surfactant

Recovery of Cationic Surfactant

Other Applications of Micellar-Enhanced Ultrafiltration

Recovery of Precious Metal Ions

Recovery of Bioactive Compounds

Enantioselective Micelles for Separation of Racemic Mixture

Preconcentration Applications

Appendix: CMC Values of Some Surfactants

About the Series

IIT Kharagpur Research Monograph Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Physical & Theoretical
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Chemical & Biochemical
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Pollution Control
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply