Phosphorylcholine-substituted ROMP polyolefin coatings provide fouling resistance to membrane materials

Katrina Kratz, Wei Xie, Albert Lee, Benny D. Freeman, Todd Emrick

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The design and synthesis of new fouling-resistant coating materials, specifically PC-substituted polyolefins, and their application to water purification membranes is described. Greatly improved fouling resistance is found for coated membranes subjected to environmentally relevant emulsified oil foulants. The coating method proves effective for reducing fouling on both UF and RO membranes, and for maintaining high rejection of organic material and salt. Providing membranes of various types with a coating that simultaneously gives high flux, fouling resistance, and foulant rejection represents a significant advance in membrane materials, and a promising route to extend membrane applications beyond what has been possible using conventional, known materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1142-1148
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecular Materials and Engineering
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • membrane fouling
  • metathesis polymerization
  • phosphorylcholine
  • polymer coatings
  • water purification

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