Dataset for "3D Printed Fouling-Resistant Composite Membranes"

This dataset reports the permeance recovery ratio values for flat and wavy composite membranes that were tested by using bovine serum albumin (BSA) solution in a cross-flow ultrafiltration setup. The transmembrane pressure was regulated at 1 bar and the cross-flow Reynolds number (Re) varied between 400 and 1000. In comparison to the flat composite membrane, the wavy membrane showed superior performance in terms of pure water permeance (PWP) (10% higher) and permeance recovery ratio (87% vs 53%) after the first filtration cycle at Re = 1000. Prolong testing showed that the wavy membrane could retain approximately 87% of its initial PWP after 10 complete filtration cycles. The dataset includes the all original data that were generated from this experimental work and also images that were taken by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and digital microscope.

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Cite this dataset as:
Mazinani, S., Al-Shimmery, A., Chew, J., Mattia, D., 2019. Dataset for "3D Printed Fouling-Resistant Composite Membranes". Bath: University of Bath Research Data Archive. Available from:


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Digital wavy support.jpg
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Digital image of wavy support

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Optical image of 3D wavy support

SEM micrograph of cross section of active layer

SEM micrograph of surface of 3D composite membrane

SEM micrograph of surface of 3D support

SEM micrograph of surface of active layer

SEM micrograph of wavy support

Permeance recovery ratio.xlsx
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Excel file for original data of permeance recovery ratio with different Re numbers

Pore size distrbution.xlsx
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Pore size distribution of 3D wavy support


Saeed Mazinani
University of Bath

Abouther Al-Shimmery
University of Bath

John Chew
University of Bath

Davide Mattia
University of Bath


Collection date(s):

From 5 September 2017 to 1 November 2018


Data collection method:

Numerical simulations: the conservation of mass and momentum equations, and particle tracing model for steady state and laminar flow conditions were solved by using a commercial CFD software COMSOL MultiphysicsTM v5.4 to elucidate the fluid mechanics of the filtration process of flat and wavy 3D composite membranes. Fabrication of membrane support: the building material for the membrane support was a UV-cured polyurethane acrylate oligomer with the commercial name VisiJet M3-X. This ABS-like thermoplastic material has a high tensile strength and resistance to temperature along with good durability and stability which make it suitable being a membrane support.34 The support material was hydroxylated wax with the commercial name VisiJet S300. Fabrication of the 3D composite membranes: there were three main steps to fabricate the 3D printed composite membrane: (i) printing of the 3D supports, (ii) preparation of selective layer by non-induced phase separation and (iii) deposition of selective layer over the support. Filtration and anti-fouling performance: the filtration performance of the membranes was evaluated by using a circulating cross-flow apparatus (Figure S1 in the Supporting Information). Prior to the filtration experiments, the membranes were pre-compacted using pure water at 2 bar until steady permeance was reached. The required duration for pre-compaction was just less than 2 hrs.

Technical details and requirements:

1. 3D printer (ProJet 3500 HD Max printer, 3D Systems, USA) 2. Contact angle goniometer (OCA machine, Data Physics, Germany) 3. Scanning electron microscope (JEOL FESEM6301F) and a digital microscope (VHX - 6000, Japan). 4. Crossflow cell 5. AFM (AFM; Nanosurf EasyScan 2 Flex, Switzerland)


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

SynFabFun - From Membrane Material Synthesis to Fabrication and Function

Publication details

Publication date: 23 August 2019
by: University of Bath

Version: 1


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Related articles

Mazinani, S., Al-Shimmery, A., Chew, Y.M. J. and Mattia, D., 2019. 3D Printed Fouling-Resistant Composite Membranes. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11(29), pp.26373-26383. Available from:

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Faculty of Engineering & Design
Chemical Engineering

Research Centres & Institutes
Centre for Advanced Separations Engineering (CASE)