FunMem® technology

The FunMem® technology creates the variable affinity of the A-membranes, generated by the organic surface modification of the ceramic membranes. This innovative proprietary technology, a joint development of VITO and UAntwerpen, uses organometallic chemistry to attach (graft) a variety of organic functional groups to the full pore surface of different ceramic, mainly metal oxide (MOx) membranes. This technology creates a unique, stable bond between the metal M of the metal oxide and the carbon of the functional group R (M-R bond). It allows for extensive flexibility, both in the type of ceramic supports usable (fit for a variety of pore sizes and membrane materials), as well as in the type of functional groups grafted. This justifies it as a platform technology.