US 8,622,223 B2
Membrane assemblies and methods of making and using the same
Anping Zhang, Rexford, N.Y. (US); Azar Alizadeh, Wilton, N.Y. (US); Joleyn Eileen Balch, Schaghticoke, N.Y. (US); Rui Chen, Clifton Park, N.Y. (US); Anthony John Murray, Lebanon, N.J. (US); Vicki Herzl Watkins, Alplaus, N.Y. (US); Oliver Charles Boomhower, Waterford, N.Y. (US); Reed Roeder Corderman, Niskayuna, N.Y. (US); and Peter Paul Gipp, Schenectady, N.Y. (US)
Assigned to General Electric Company, Niskayuna, N.Y. (US)
Filed by Anping Zhang, Rexford, N.Y. (US); Azar Alizadeh, Wilton, N.Y. (US); Joleyn Eileen Balch, Schaghticoke, N.Y. (US); Rui Chen, Clifton Park, N.Y. (US); Anthony John Murray, Lebanon, N.J. (US); Vicki Herzl Watkins, Alplaus, N.Y. (US); Oliver Charles Boomhower, Waterford, N.Y. (US); Reed Roeder Corderman, Niskayuna, N.Y. (US); and Peter Paul Gipp, Schenectady, N.Y. (US)
Filed on Dec. 17, 2008, as Appl. No. 12/337,164.
Prior Publication US 2010/0147762 A1, Jun. 17, 2010
Int. Cl. B01D 71/02 (2006.01); B01D 69/12 (2006.01); B01D 63/08 (2006.01)
U.S. Cl. 210—500.21  [210/500.22; 210/500.25; 210/488; 210/490; 205/199; 205/324; 428/304.4; 428/312.2; 428/312.6] 12 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A membrane assembly comprising:
an inorganic filtering membrane;
an intermediate layer comprising silicon dioxide or silicon nitride, wherein the filtering membrane is disposed on a surface of the intermediate layer; and an anodized substrate comprising a plurality of macropores, wherein another surface of the intermediate layer is coupled to a first surface of the anodized substrate, wherein at least a portion of a second surface of the anodized substrate comprises a guiding pattern having a plurality of pre-patterned pores, and wherein the first and second surfaces are disposed opposite each other.