Novel Algae Technologies for CO₂ Utilization

Haiqing Lin Membrane Research Lab

Diagram showing surface modified membranes with antifouling properties.

The goal of this project is to develop robust membranes for microalgae dewatering by surface-modification of membranes to increase hydrophilicity and thus superior antifouling properties. 


In this project, the membrane surface is modified by co-depositing bio-adhesive polydopamine (PDA) and superhydrophilic materials (such as zwitterions and graphene oxide) with acrylate or amine groups to react with PDA. This project is funded through Helios-NRG by the Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Students on this Project

  • Nima Shahkaramipour (PhD)
  • Xiaoyi Chen (MS)
  • Sankara Ramanan (MS)