The surface properties of polymer membranes are crucial to their separation performances. For the microporous polypropylene membranes, the high hydrophobicity and lack of functionality easily cause protein adsorption and subsequent microorganism attachment and biofilm formation, i.e. biofouling. Thus, their applications in water treatment, bioseparation and biomedical fields are largely limited. Surface hydrophilisation and antibacterial functionalisation are, therefore, reasonably necessary. This review provides a concise summarisation of related studies according to the surface modification strategies. Especially, the interfacial crosslinking approach developed in our previous studies is presented in detail.
Keywords: antibacterial, interfacial crosslinking, microporous polypropylene membranes, surface hydrophilisation