Recent Advances in Nanoporous Membranes for Water Purification

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Recent Advances in Nanoporous Membranes for Water Purification

Nanoporous materials exhibit wide applications in the fields of electrocatalysis, nanodevice
fabrication, energy, and environmental science, as well as analytical science. In this review, we
present a summary of recent studies on nanoporous membranes for water purification application.
The types and fabrication strategies of various nanoporous membranes are first introduced, and
then the fabricated nanoporous membranes for removing various water pollutants, such as salt,
metallic ions, anions, nanoparticles, organic chemicals, and biological substrates, are demonstrated
and discussed. This work will be valuable for readers to understand the design and fabrication
of various nanoporous membranes, and their potential purification mechanisms towards different
water pollutants. In addition, it will be helpful for developing new nanoporous materials for quick,
economic, and high-performance water purification.

Keywords: nanoporous membrane; two-dimensional materials; water purification; water pollutants;
purification mechanism; graphene; fabrication 

Zhuqing Wang 1,2, Aiguo Wu 3 ID , Lucio Colombi Ciacchi 2,4 and Gang Wei 2,* ID
1 AnHui Province Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic and Magnetism Functional Materials,
Anqing Normal University, Anqing 246011, China;
2 Hybrid Materials Interfaces Group, Faculty of Production Engineering and Center for Environmental
Research and Sustainable technology (UFT), University of Bremen, D-28359 Bremen, Germany;
3 CAS Key Laboratory of Magnetic Materials and Devices, Key Laboratory of Additive Manufacturing
Materials of Zhejiang Province, Division of Functional Materials and Nanodevices,
Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences,
Ningbo 315201, China;
4 MAPEX Center for Materials and Processes, University of Bremen, Am Fallturm 1,
D-28359 Bremen, Germany
* Correspondence:; Tel.: +49-421-218-64581

Received: 22 December 2017; Accepted: 23 January 2018; Published: 25 January 2018