Functional catalytic membrane development: A review of catalyst coating techniques

Weihua Qing, Fang Liu, Hong Yao, Shaobin Sun, Chen Chen, Wen Zhang

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Catalytic membranes combine catalytic activity with conventional filtration membranes, thus enabling diverse attractive benefits into the conventional membrane filtration processes, such as easy catalyst reuse, antifouling, anti-microbial, and enhancing process efficiency. Up to date, tremendous progresses have been made on functional catalytic membrane preparation and applications, which significantly advances the competitiveness of membrane technologies in process industries. The present article provides a critical and holistic overview of the current state of knowledge on existing catalyst coating techniques for functional catalytic membrane development. Based on coating mechanisms, the techniques are generally categorized into physical and chemical surface coating routes. For each technique, we first introduce fundamental principle, followed by a critical discussion of their applications with representative case studies. Advantages and drawbacks are also emphasized for different surface coating technologies. Finally, future perspectives are highlighted to provide deep insights into their future developments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102207
JournalAdvances in Colloid and Interface Science
StatePublished - Aug 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


  • Catalyst coating
  • Catalytic membrane
  • Chemical coating
  • Functional membranes
  • Physical coating


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