Germanium and silicon nanowires for use in water purification

dc.contributor.advisorKorgel, Brain Allan, 1969-
dc.creatorSullivan, William (M.S. in chemical engineering)
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-09T17:50:57Z
dc.date.available2022-09-09T17:50:57Z
dc.date.created2022-05
dc.date.issued2022-05-11
dc.date.submittedMay 2022
dc.date.updated2022-09-09T17:50:58Z
dc.description.abstractGermanium and silicon nanowires present an exciting opportunity for broadening the scope of membrane fouling mitigation research. Germanium nanowires provide a highly effective model system for investigating how to incorporate silicon nanowires into polymeric membranes, while providing relative ease in synthesis and workability compared to silicon nanowires. Silicon nanowires present an exciting area of investigation for fouling mitigation for two main reasons: they can be surface passivated to achieve desired chemical properties and they are photoactive. This work explores how to effectively incorporate germanium nanowires into polymeric membranes as a model to be used for silicon nanowires. Then the integration of silicon nanowires is further explored to determine the most effective methods of silicon nanowire incorporation into polymeric membranes. Successful integration of silicon nanowires into polymeric membrane systems is demonstrated, providing the groundwork for further exploration of the use of nanowires in water purification, specifically for fouling mitigation.
dc.description.departmentChemical Engineering
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/115589
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/42487
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectNanowires
dc.subjectWater purification
dc.subjectMembranes
dc.subjectNanomaterials
dc.subjectGermanium
dc.subjectSilicon
dc.titleGermanium and silicon nanowires for use in water purification
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentChemical Engineering
thesis.degree.disciplineChemical Engineering
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science in Engineering

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