Sticky, Squishy & Stuck. a soft matter approach to membrane failure

Samenvatting (in English)

This thesis is the result of research at the interface between two scientific disciplines; membrane technology and soft matter science. The aim of this thesis is to explore common problems encountered in membrane processes by linking them to classical topics of study in soft matter science. In order to do so, we simplify the problems to their basic elements and design model systems to study these challenges in detail and provide new fundamental insights. We try to understand the microscopic processes near, at, and within filtration membranes that ultimately may lead to membrane failure, or as we found out may also improve filtration behavior.