Recent advances in responsive membrane functionalization approaches and applications

Rollie Mills, Kevin C. Baldridge, Matthew Bernard, Dibakar Bhattacharyya

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In recent years, significant advances have been made in the field of functionalized membranes. With the functionalization using various materials, such as polymers and enzymes, membranes can exhibit property changes in response to an environmental stimulation, such as heat, light, ionic strength, or pH. The resulting responsive nature allows for an increased breadth of membrane uses, due to the developed functionalization properties, such as smart-gating filtration for size-selective water contaminant removal, self-cleaning antifouling surfaces, increased scalability options, and highly sensitive molecular detection. In this review, new advances in both fabrication and applications of functionalized membranes are reported and summarized, including temperature-responsive, pH-responsive, light-responsive, enzyme-functionalized, and two-dimensional material-functionalized membranes. Specific emphasis was given to the most recent technological improvements, current limitations, advances in characterization techniques, and future directions for the field of functionalized membranes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1202-1236
Number of pages35
JournalSeparation Science and Technology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2023

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  • Membrane
  • functionalization
  • graphene oxide
  • light-responsive
  • plasmonic particles
  • polyelectrolytes
  • responsive materials
  • temperature-responsive
  • thiol-functionalized

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Filtration and Separation


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