Electrically conductive polymeric membranes for fouling prevention and detection: A review

Farah Ahmed, Boor Singh Lalia, Victor Kochkodan, Nidal Hilal, Raed Hashaikeh

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This paper presents an overview on recent developments in fabrication of conductive polymeric membranes for fouling prevention in water treatment and desalination. At first, conductive polymers and mechanisms of their conductivity have been shortly discussed. Thereafter, the recent studies on preparation of electrically conductive polymer membranes and composite polymer-carbon nanotube membranes as well as on evaluation of the membranes properties have been critically summarized. Finally, a possibility of membrane fouling control by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy has been analyzed. The presented discussion shows that electrically conductive properties of the membranes suggest a wide range of possible advantages and applications that include development of (bio)fouling-resistant membranes, fouling control, and a combined electrochemical system with membrane processes for water treatment and desalination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016


  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Conductive membranes
  • Fouling control
  • Impedance spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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