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)