SynFabFun - From Membrane Material Synthesis to Fabrication and Function

Project: Research council

Project Details


Membranes offer exciting opportunities for more efficient, lower energy, more sustainable separations and even entirely new process options - and so are a valuable tool in an energy constrained world. However, high performance polymeric, inorganic and ceramic membranes all suffer from problems with decay in performance over time, through either membrane ageing (membrane material relaxation) and/or fouling (foreign material build-up in and/or on the membrane), and this seriously limits their impact. Our vision is to create membranes which do not suffer from ageing or fouling, and for which separation functionality is therefore maintained over time. We will achieve this through a combination of the synthesis of new membrane materials and fabrication of novel membrane composites (polymeric, ceramic and hybrids), supported by new characterisation techniques. Our ambition is to change the way the global membrane community perceives performance. Through the demonstration of membranes with immortal performance, we seek to shift attention away from a race to achieve ever higher initial permeability, to creation of membranes with long-term stable performance which are successful in industrial application.
Effective start/end date1/04/1530/09/20


  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

RCUK Research Areas

  • Separation Processes
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials processing
  • Materials sciences
  • Manufacturing Enterprise Operations and Management
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Materials Processing

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  • Research Output

    • 8 Article
    • 1 Literature review
    • 1 Review article

    High flux thin-film nanocomposites with embedded boron nitride nanotubes for nanofiltration

    Casanova, S., Liu, T. Y., Chew, J., Livingston, A. G. & Mattia, D., 1 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Membrane Science. 597, 117749.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    1 Citation (Scopus)

    3D printed composite membranes with enhanced anti-fouling behaviour

    Al-Shimmery, A., Mazinani, S., Ji, J., Chew, Y. M. J. & Mattia, D., 15 Mar 2019, In : Journal of Membrane Science. 574, p. 76-85 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    14 Citations (Scopus)
    15 Downloads (Pure)

    3D Printed Fouling-resistant Composite Membranes

    Mazinani, S., Al-Shimmery, A., Chew, Y-M. & Mattia, D., 24 Jul 2019, In : ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 11, 29, p. 26373-26383 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    6 Citations (Scopus)


    Dataset for "3D Printed Contactor for Enhanced Oil Droplets Coalescence"

    Al-Shimmery, A. (Creator), Mazinani, S. (Creator), Flynn, J. (Creator), Chew, J. (Creator) & Mattia, D. (Creator), University of Bath, 19 Jul 2019


    Dataset for "3D Printed Fouling-Resistant Composite Membranes"

    Mazinani, S. (Creator), Al-Shimmery, A. (Creator), Chew, J. (Creator) & Mattia, D. (Creator), University of Bath, 23 Aug 2019


    Dataset for "Fouling Resistant 2D Boron Nitride Nanosheet – PES Nanofiltration Membranes"

    Ji, J. (Creator), Ji, J. (Project Member), Mattia, D. (Creator), Mattia, D. (Project Leader), Mattia, D. (Supervisor), Mattia, D. (Work Package Leader), Low, Z. X. (Creator), Low, Z. X. (Data Collector), Low, Z. X. (Researcher), Blumenstock, D. (Data Collector) & Wolverson, D. (Data Collector), University of Bath, 25 Sep 2018