Effect of Water Interactions on Polyvinylamine at Different pHs for Membrane Gas Separation
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Original versionACS Omega. 2017, 2(11), 8388-8400. 10.1021/acsomega.7b01307
In our previous work, it was shown that the separation performance of the fixed-site-carrier polyvinylamine (PVAm) composite membrane increases exponentially with increasing relative humidity content in the gas. Through these efforts, it has been important to develop a greater understanding of the relationship between the water, structural, and interfacial properties of the PVAm surface. The degree of hydrophilicity of a given surface plays a crucial role in the separation performance of the membrane when exposed to a humidified gas. Therefore, in the current work, the wettability properties of PVAm at different pHs have been studied by experimental measurements and molecular dynamic simulations. It was confirmed that the intramolecular interactions are not linearly dependent on pH. As well as the H-bonding between protonated and unprotonated amine groups, the conformation polymer chain and the distribution charge density play a crucial role in the surface stability and wettability properties.