Polymeric membranes: Surface modification for minimizing (bio)colloidal fouling

Victor Kochkodan, Daniel J. Johnson, Nidal Hilal

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This paper presents an overview on recent developments in surface modification of polymer membranes for reduction of their fouling with biocolloids and organic colloids in pressure driven membrane processes. First, colloidal interactions such as London-van der Waals, electrical, hydration, hydrophobic, steric forces and membrane surface properties such as hydrophilicity, charge and surface roughness, which affect membrane fouling, have been discussed and the main goals of the membrane surface modification for fouling reduction have been outlined. Thereafter the recent studies on reduction of (bio)colloidal of polymer membranes using ultraviolet/redox initiated surface grafting, physical coating/adsorption of a protective layer on the membrane surface, chemical reactions or surface modification of polymer membranes with nanoparticles as well as using of advanced atomic force microscopy to characterize (bio)colloidal fouling have been critically summarized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)116-140
Number of pages25
JournalAdvances in Colloid and Interface Science
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Biofouling
  • Coating
  • Colloids
  • Grafting
  • Low-fouling membranes
  • Nanoparticles
  • Surface modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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