Importance of the coating pH in fabrication of polyethylenimine-coated polysulfone-Escherichia coli composite fiber sorbent

Sok Kim, D. Harikishore Kumar Reddy, Yoon-E Choi, Yeoung Sang Yun

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In present study, polyethylenimine-coated polysulfone-Escherichia coli biomass composite fibers (PEI-PSBFs) were prepared at different PEI-coating pHs. The PEI-coating pH was the critical factor affecting Pd(II) uptake and the optimum pH was around pH 9. The type and amount of functional groups in the biomass and PEI were estimated using potentiometric titration and proton-binding modeling, and these results used to simulate the pH-dependent speciations of their functional groups. As a result, electrostatic interaction between negatively charged biomass and positively charged PEI was estimated to be the largest at pH 9.2, and was closed to the experimentally obtained optimum PEI-coating pH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-385
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sep 1



  • Adsorption
  • Bacterial biomass
  • Biosorption
  • Coating
  • PEI
  • Surface modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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