(Bio)filtration-on-chip, or how to study microscale filtration mechanisms.

We use microfluidic models of filtration membranes to study bio-clogging.

(Bio)clogging is a main limitation of filtration - separating a dispersed solid phase from a fluid. Accumulation of (bio)particles at the membrane surface dramatically decreases filtration efficiency. To address this problem, we develop a model approach (microfluidic chips; inert colloids or living yeasts) to describe and understand the underlying mechanisms which provoke, enhance, or delay (bio)clogging.




  • Jeffrey F. Morris (Levich Intitute, CCNY, New York, USA)
  • Chris MacMinn (Poromechanics Lab, Oxford University, UK)
  • Paul Duru (IMFT, Toulouse, France)