What do you mean by Reverse Osmosis?
The filtration method of reverse osmosis, often known as RO, is used to remove molecules and ions from a solution. It is the process of applying pressure to one side of a solution (typically more than the osmotic pressure) while a semi-permeable membrane is placed between the two solutions. This membrane is used to filter pollutants all the way down to the tiniest particles. Concentration is used to describe the pollutants in RO.
Principle of Reverse Osmosis (RO) Process
To further complicate the process, the presence of a membrane prevents big molecules of the solute from passing through it, causing them to remain on the pressured side. On the other hand, the pure solvent is allowed to pass through the membrane. When this happens, the solute molecules become concentrated on one side of the membrane while the other side becomes dilute. In addition, the levels of solutions fluctuate to some extent.
In its most basic form, reverse osmosis (RO) occurs when a solvent travels through a membrane against a concentration gradient. It essentially shifts from a lower to a greater concentration level. The flow of water is reversed when the pressure applied on the brine side of the membrane exceeds the osmotic pressure. The saline water will flow into the pure water side at this point.
What are the Mechanism of Separation in RO Systems?
The following are the three theories regarding how reverse osmosis separation works:
1. Priority adsorption or Theory of capillary flow: When various chemicals are dissolved in a liquid, the surface tension changes in a variety of ways. Organic molecules dissolved in water, such as alcohols, acids, aldehydes, and lipids, can reduce surface tension, but the solubility of some inorganic salts slightly increases it. This becomes the case when solute dispersion is unequal. That is, the concentration of the solute in the solution's surface layer differs from the concentration in the solution's interior layer.
Now, when an aqueous solution comes into contact with a polymer porous membrane, and if the membrane's chemical characteristics cause it to negatively adsorb solutes and preferentially adsorb water, a layer of pure water with a specific thickness form on the membrane-solution interface. It will travel through the capillary pores on the membrane surface under external pressure to obtain pure water.
2. Hydrogen Bond Hypothesis: The crystalline phase area and the amorphous phase region exist in the cellulose acetate film due to the activity of hydrogen bonds and van der Waals forces. Crystalline phase regions have macromolecules that are tightly linked and arranged in parallel, whereas amorphous phase regions have macromolecules that are completely disordered, and thus, the water and solutes cannot enter the crystalline phase region. Water and the oxygen atoms on the cellulose acetate carbonyl group establish hydrogen bonds near the cellulose acetate molecule, forming bound water.
When cellulose acetate adsorbs the first layer of water molecules, it will induce a large drop in the entropy of the water molecules. The occupancy rate of bound water is particularly low in the vast pore space of the amorphous phase area. In the heart of the pore, there is water with a common structure. Ions or molecules that cannot make hydrogen bonds with the cellulose acetate membrane enter the bound water and migrate through the membrane in an ordered diffusion pattern, modifying the position of hydrogen bonds with cellulose acetate as they pass through.
The water molecules in the solution and the activation site of the cellulose acetate and the oxygen atom on the carbonyl group create a hydrogen bond under pressure, and the original water molecule's hydrogen link is broken, and the water molecule dissociates and goes to it. The next activation point generates a fresh hydrogen bond, followed by a sequence of hydrogen bonds that form and break, allowing water molecules to exit the dense active layer on the membrane surface and enter the porous layer. Water molecules can flow freely out of the membrane because the porous layer includes a considerable volume of capillary water.
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