Development of Anti-Fouling, Anti-Microbial Membranes by Chemical Patterning

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Weinman, Steven; Li, Na; Freger, Viatcheslav; Herzberg, Moshe; Husson, Scott
Chemical Engineering
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Over 1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. Membranes are a tool that can help provide clean water to these people. However, treatment of impaired waters for beneficial use exposes the membranes to feed waters containing biological and abiotic species, which leads to fouling and loss of membrane productivity over time. Since reduction in flux due to fouling is one of the largest costs associated with membrane processes in water treatment, new coatings that limit fouling would have significant economic and societal impacts. Developing these advanced coatings is the focus of our work.