Dynamic coating of mf/uf membranes for fouling mitigation

S. Assiyeh Alizadeh Tabatabai (Inventor), TorOve Leiknes (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


A membrane system including an anti-fouling layer and a method of applying an anti-fouling layer to a membrane surface are provided. In an embodiment, the surface is a microfiltration (MF) or an ultrafiltration (UF) membrane surface. The anti-fouling layer can include a stimuli responsive layer and a dynamic protective layer applied over the stimuli responsive layer that can be a coating on a surface of the membrane. The stimuli responsive polymer layer can act as an adhesive prior to coating with the dynamic protective layer to aid in adhering the dynamic protective layer to the membrane surface. The dynamic protective layer can be formed by suitable nanoparticles that can prevent adhesion of foulants directly to the membrane surface. The stimuli responsive layer can be responsive to physio- chemical stimuli to cause a release of the stimuli responsive layer and the dynamic protective layer including foulants from the membrane.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Patent numberWO 2017009792 A1
StatePublished - Jan 19 2017

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2019-02-13


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