Membrane development for oil contaminated water treatments: Master's thesis

Jutta Tiitinen

Research output: ThesisMaster's thesis


The aim of this Master's thesis study was to develop a membrane for oil contaminated water treatments. Oily wastewaters are a big problem to environment and therefore it is important to find an efficient method for their treatment. There are several treatment methods, but one of the most promising methods is membrane filtration. In the theoretical part of this study the membrane technology and polymeric membrane preparation with phase inversion and membrane modification methods was discussed. It was also told about the most important properties of the membranes. Oily waters, their treatment methods and oily wastewater sources were discussed more specifically. In the experimental part membranes from cellulose acetate were prepared and membranes were modified with two different methods. Modification methods were surface modification and polymer mixing. The modification purpose was to make membranes more hydrophilic and increase surface charge, which can reduce fouling. Membranes were characterized by determining zeta potential, contact angle, oil retention, pure water permeability, pressure-normalized flux and fouling. It were used both synthetic and real spent oil-water emulsion in membrane filtration. Surface modification resulted membranes, which had better properties than unmodified membrane. The amount of substance used in surface modification affected a lot to membrane properties, so it would be necessary to try different amounts of substance to develop the best membrane for oil-water emulsion treatment.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationMaster Degree
Awarding Institution
  • Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT
  • Pihlajamäki, Arto, Supervisor, External person
Place of PublicationEspoo
Print ISBNs978-951-38-8167-2
Electronic ISBNs978-951-38-8168-9
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeG2 Master's thesis, polytechnic Master's thesis


  • ultrafiltration
  • membrane modification
  • cellulose acetate
  • fouling
  • oilwater emulsion


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