Reference 1: increased performance in organic solvents

Reference 2: strongly reduced fouling

Reference 3: tunable affinity-based separations

Stability & affinity

Around ten years ago, VITO and UAntwerpen began to explore a new field of expertise: functionalised ceramic membranes. 

They developed an innovative proprietary method for organic surface modification of ceramics, called FunMem® technology. 

The resulting A-membranes combine high stability and tailor-made affinity. The stability results from the robustness of the ceramic support and the stable ceramic-organic bond. The flexible affinity arises from the unique surface properties created by the modification technology in combination with a wide range of functional groups. 


A-membranes allow unique tailor-made solutions for your separations, purifications and fractionations, which existing membranes cannot offer. They enable continuous separation of components that can otherwise not be separated, and replace or intensify existing separation solutions (e.g. distillation, chromatography, coupling reaction-separation) for solvent- and aqueous-based streams. As all membrane technologies, it is a sustainable technology, with reduced energy costs and a smaller environmental footprint.  

Vera Meynen

Inventor and scientific advisor material synthesis - team UAntwerp

Anita Buekenhoudt

inventor and scientific advisor membrane applications - team VITO

Roel Vleeschouwers

Advisor business development and application - team VITO

Jeroen Van Dijck

Postdoctoral scientist on the scale-up project