Graft polymerization and plasma treatment of polymer membranes for fouling reduction: A review

Victor M. Kochkodan, Virender K. Sharma

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This article presents a review of recent developments in surface modification of polymer membranes via graft polymerization and plasma treatment for reduction of fouling with organic compounds and microorganisms in pressure driven membrane processes. The factors affecting membrane fouling, such as membrane hydrophilicity, charge and surface roughness are discussed. The recent studies in which the reduction of organic fouling and biofouling by the modification of the membrane surface via ultraviolet/redox initiated surface grafting of hydrophilic polymers and low temperature plasma treatment are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1713-1727
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Environmental Science and Health - Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012



  • Organic compounds
  • filtration
  • membranes
  • microorganisms
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering

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