Creating bioactive polyelectrolyte membranes via aqueous phase separation

Jéré van Lente (PhD Candidate), Mireille Claessens (promotor), Wiebe de Vos (promotor), Saskia Lindhoud (supervisor)

Duration: 2017 – 2021

Funding: This project is funded by the NWO’s VENI (#722.013.013) and VIDI (#723.015.003) grants

Aqueous phase separation is a new technique to develop water filtration membranes via polyelectrolyte complexation. We want to see if we can give these membranes additional functionalities by adding functional compounds such as proteins to the process. These functionalities allow water filtration membranes to be used for new purposes.

Polyelectrolyte(s), Complex(es), Protein(s), Membrane(s)

Technological challenges
Producing new membranes using polyelectrolyte complexation is a very new process. In addition, the interaction between polyelectrolyte complexation and additional compounds is unpredictable and largely unknown including how they affect membrane stability and performance.

Research goals
We hope to produce a membrane via the aqueous phase separation method that contains bioactive enzymes or other compounds that are able to perform a (bio)active function.