Linking microgel particle properties to filtration behaviour through microscopic observations

Promotie

Linking microgel particle properties to filtrationbehaviour through microscopic observations

Promovendus Izabella I (Izabella) Bouhid de Aguiar MSc
Promotor prof.dr.ir. CGPH (Karin) Schroen
Copromotor dr M Meireles-Masbernat
dr A Bouchoux
Organisatie Wageningen University
Datum

wo 5 juni 2019 11:00 tot 12:30

Locatie Aula, gebouwnummer 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Samenvatting (Engelstalig)

Membrane filtration is a process that is widely used nowadays. From desalination plants for the production of drinking water from sea water in the Middle East to the production of dairy products, beer and wine. One of the biggest challenges in membrane filtration is the decrease in efficiency caused by the accumulation of matter on top of the membrane (filter) what we call cake layer. For that reason understanding the mechanisms of cake layer formation as well as individual particle behavior is important to achieve the optimization of the membrane process.
In this thesis we take a fundamental approach to study the cake layer formation and behavior as well as individual particle behavior. We use microgels as model particles and microfluidic systems as model filtration systems. We are able to describe their behavior and propose a theory to predict particle conformation under pressure being part of a cake layer.