Recent Advances in Polymer-based 3D Printing for Wastewater Treatment Application: An Overview

Nurul Husna Mohd Yusoff , Lui-Ruen Irene Teo, Sue Jiun Phang, Voon Loong Wong, Kean How Cheah, Siew-Shee Lim

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The introduction of Industrial Revolution (IR) 4.0 has signalled a transformation of traditional manufacturing landscape to intelligent production systems and advanced technologies. Additive manufacturing (AM) is a vital element in this latest revolution due to its remarkable potential in providing a green fabrication alternative with advanced design flexibility that surpasses the traditional manufacturing methods. At present, polymer-based additive manufacturing has drawn considerable interest in wastewater research due to its notable design freedom in manufacturing of novel, geometrically complex, and porous structures used in membrane modules and spacers, adsorption, advanced oxidation process, bioreactor, and microfluidic technology. In this work, recent advances of additively manufactured polymeric materials and 3D printing techniques used for various wastewater research are reviewed. Furthermore, the challenges in the fabrication techniques are assessed, alongside with the discussion on future perspectives of polymer-based AM technologies to develop a versatile and sustainable wastewater treatment system at commercial scale.
Original languageEnglish
Article number132311
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Early online date9 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022


  • 3D printing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Green fabrication
  • Polymer
  • Wastewater treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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