Water shortage in the world has stimulated the rapid development of water treatment technology. As one of the
most promising technologies, membrane separation has tremendous hopes in producing fresh water and dealing with
wastewater. The blend of inorganic component into polymer membrane has become an efficient way to increase the antifouling
property and realize the multifunction of polymer membrane. In this paper, we summarize recent results published
in patent and literatures for the preparation and applications of organic-inorganic hybrid membranes (OIHM) used in water
treatment. Special attentions are paid on the selection of new nanoparticles, improvement of fabrication process, and
discussion about the new function and application of OIHM in water treatment. The emphasis is providing some efficient
methods of preparing OIHM with high antifouling property and multifunction, and extending their application ranges in
future water treatment.
Keywords: Organic-inorganic hybrid membrane (OIHM), water treatment, nanoparticles, membrane separation.
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