Dataset for "Fouling Resistant 2D Boron Nitride Nanosheet – PES Nanofiltration Membranes"

A novel fouling-resistant nanofiltration mixed-matrix membrane was obtained by the incorporation of 2D boron nitride nanosheets (BNNS) in polyethersulfone (PES). The addition of just 0.05 wt% of BNNS into the PES matrix led to a 4-fold increase in pure water permeance with a 10% decrease in the rejection of the dye Rose Bengal; up to 95% rejection of humic acid and nearly 100% flux recovery over two cycles in cross-flow fouling tests without the need for chemical cleansing. This performance is attributed to the uniform distribution of the BNNS in the PES matrix, observed via Raman mapping, and the surface chemistry and structure of the BNNS, which hydrophilised the polymer matrix and reduced its surface roughness. The low amount of BNNS filler needed to render the mixed-matrix membrane fouling-resistant opens the way to its use in waste-water treatment applications where organic fouling remains a major challenge.

A summary of the data analysis, plotted figures and microscopy images can be found in this dataset.

Boron nitride nanosheets, PES, Fouling, Nanofiltration

Cite this dataset as:
Ji, J., Mattia, D., Low, Z., 2018. Dataset for "Fouling Resistant 2D Boron Nitride Nanosheet – PES Nanofiltration Membranes". Bath: University of Bath Research Data Archive. Available from:


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PES BNNS results.xlsx
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Tabulated data

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Plots and images from the research

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Jing Ji
Project Member
University of Bath

Davide Mattia
Project Leader, Supervisor, Work Package Leader
University of Bath

Ze Xian Low
Data Collector, Researcher
Monash University; University of Bath


David Blumenstock
Data Collector
University of Bath

Daniel Wolverson
Data Collector
University of Bath

University of Bath
Rights Holder


Collection date(s):

From February 2017 to August 2017


Data collection method:

Full details of the data collection methodology and subsequent calculations may be found in the "Materials and Methods" section of the associated paper.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

SynFabFun - From Membrane Material Synthesis to Fabrication and Function

Publication details

Publication date: 25 September 2018
by: University of Bath

Version: 1


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Related articles

Low, Z.-X., Ji, J., Blumenstock, D., Chew, Y.-M., Wolverson, D. and Mattia, D., 2018. Fouling resistant 2D boron nitride nanosheet – PES nanofiltration membranes. Journal of Membrane Science, 563, pp.949-956. Available from:

Contact information

Please contact the Research Data Service in the first instance for all matters concerning this item.

Contact person: Davide Mattia


Faculty of Engineering & Design
Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Science