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

Elsevier, Desalination, Volume 380, February 15, 2016
Misdan N., Ismail A.F., Hilal N.
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.