Metal organic framework mixed-matrix membrane for arsenic removal


  • Muhammad Hariz Aizat Tajuddin Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Juhana Jaafar Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Nik Abdul Hadi Md Nordin Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS
  • Ahmad Fauzi Ismail
  • Mohd Hafiz Dzarfan Othman
  • Mukhlis A. Rahman



Metal organic framework (MOF) is a recent class of porous materials that are built from metal cluster and organic linker. Among the discovered MOFs, UiO-66 has demonstrated both attributes of water stability and hydrophilic, making it suitable for wastewater treatment. In this study, 0.5 wt% UiO-66 was integrated into polysulfone membrane as nanofiller to form mixed-matrix membrane (MMM) with a thin-film composite, dense polyamide layer formed on top of the substrate layer that intended to remove 100 ppm of arsenic V from wastewater through forward osmosis. The successful synthetization of UiO-66 nanoparticle was proven by XRD and FESEM. The pure water permeability was significantly higher with the presence of LiCl in dope solution as pore former. It was found that the arsenic rejection achieved was 87.5% with satisfactory water flux and salt reverse flux.

Author Biographies

Muhammad Hariz Aizat Tajuddin, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Advanced Membrane Technology Research Center (AMTEC)

Juhana Jaafar, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Advanced Membrane Technology Research Center (AMTEC)

Nik Abdul Hadi Md Nordin, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS

Department of Chemical Engineering


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