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Surface characterization of hemodialysis membranes based on streaming potential measurements

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Hemodialysis membranes made from cellulose (CUPROPHAN, HEMOPHAN) and sulfonated polyethersulfone (SPES) were characterized using the streaming potential technique to determine the zeta potential at their interfaces against well-defined aqueous solutions of varied pH and potassium chloride concentrations. Streaming potential measurements enable distinction between different membrane materials. In addition to parameters of the electrochemical double layer at membrane interfaces, thermodynamic characteristics of adsorption of different solved species were evaluated. For that aim a description of double layer formation as suggested by Börner and Jacobasch (in: Electrokinetic Phenomena, p. 231. Institut für Technologie der Polymere, Dresden (1989)) was applied which is based on the generally accepted model of the electrochemical double layer according to Stern (Z. Elektrochemie 30, 508 (1924)) and Grahame (Chem. Rev. 41, 441 (1947)). The membranes investigated show different surface acidic/basic and polar/nonpolar behavior. Furthermore, alterations of membrane interfaces through adsorption processes of components of biologically relevant solutions were shown to be detectable by streaming potential measurements.

Keywords: Streaming potential measurement; extended Gouy-Chapman-Stern-Grahame model; hemodialysis membranes; zeta potential

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e. V., Hohe Strasse 6, 01069 Dresden, Germany 2: AKZO-NOBEL, Central Research Obernburg, 63784 Obernburg, Germany

Publication date: January 1, 1996


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