Employing Imino-Bis-Propane Diol Functional Polymers for Boron Removal from Geothermal Waters via Polymer Enhanced Ultrafiltration

Zerze H., Ozbelge H. O., Bicak N., YILMAZ L.

SEPARATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol.50, no.13, pp.2004-2014, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 13
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01496395.2014.997883
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2004-2014
  • Keywords: polymer enhanced ultrafiltration, geothermal water, functional polymer, boron removal, ION-EXCHANGE-RESINS, AQUEOUS-SOLUTIONS, BORIC-ACID, SELECTIVE SEPARATION, REVERSE-OSMOSIS, RECOVERY, PEUF, COMPLEXATION, DESALINATION, ELIMINATION
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, polymer enhanced ultrafiltration (PEUF) was used to remove boron from a geothermal water sample. The effect of co-ions such as chloride and sulfate on boron removal was investigated using previously synthesized poly (vinyl amino-N, N'-bis-propane diol) (GPVA) and its copolymers with DADMAC. The presence of co-anions and use of real waste water did not significantly reduce boron retentions and permeate fluxes. At optimum operating conditions 98% boron removal was achieved. It was demonstrated that 97% of complexation capacity of polymer can be recovered and reused by two-cycle decomplexation at pH 4.