Journal of the Indian Institute of Science

, Volume 98, Issue 2, pp 137–157 | Cite as

Microfluidic Mimic for Colloid Membrane Filtration: A Review

  • Nandini Debnath
  • Mohtada SadrzadehEmail author
Review Article


This review provides an overview of the recent improvements of microfluidic membrane mimics. A special focus is given to the filtration of colloids in this device. Methods for on-chip membrane filtration have undergone significant development and improvement over the past two decades. Many efforts have been made to develop a single chip microfluidic platform that integrates the benefits of microfluidics and membrane science and technology. This review addresses the potential for microfluidic devices to serve as microfiltration membranes for separation purposes, as well as, micro-sized tools to study colloidal fouling phenomena at the pore scale.



Financial support for this work through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Suncor Energy, Devon Canada, and ConocoPhillips, is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering, 6-074 National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT), Advanced Water Research Lab (AWRL)University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical Engineering, 10-367 Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering, 6-074 National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT), Advanced Water Research Lab (AWRL)University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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