Recent advances in the development of (bio)fouling resistant thin film composite membranes for desalination

N. Misdan, A. F. Ismail, N. Hilal

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Membrane (bio)fouling is a major obstacle to many separation and purification processes. Due to the inherent physicochemical properties of some thin film composite membrane surfaces such as polyamide, these are prone to (bio)fouling. Hence, this review highlights recent advances in the design and development of highly resistant thin film composite membrane through surface modification by either coating or grafting with antifouling polymers and/or antimicrobial polymers/biocidal inorganic nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-111
Number of pages7
StatePublished - Feb 15 2016



  • Fouling
  • Polyamide
  • Surface modification
  • Thin film composite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering

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