Membrane surface patterning as a fouling mitigation strategy in liquid filtration: A review

Nafiu Umar Barambu, Muhammad Roil Bilad, Yusuf Wibisono, Juhana Jaafar, Teuku Meurah Indra Mahlia, Asim Laeeq Khan

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Membrane fouling is seen as the main culprit that hinders the widespread of membrane application in liquid-based filtration. Therefore, fouling management is key for the successful implementation of membrane processes, and it is done across all magnitudes. For optimum operation, membrane developments and surface modifications have largely been reported, including membrane surface patterning. Membrane surface patterning involves structural modification of the membrane surface to induce secondary flow due to eddies, which mitigate foulant agglomeration and increase the effective surface area for improved permeance and antifouling properties. This paper reviews surface patterning approaches used for fouling mitigation in water and wastewater treatments. The focus is given on the pattern formation methods and their effect on overall process performances.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1687
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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