Publications

Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=sBVRJAcAAAAJ&hl=en

Book Chapters:

  1. Y. Kaufman and V. Freger (2011). Supported Biomimetic Membranes for Pressure-Driven Water Purification, in L. D. Pramatarova (Ed.),On Biomimetics, InTech.

  2. V. Freger (2011). Thermodynamics, Microstructure and Interfacial Effects in Hydrated Nafion, in K. A. Page (Ed.), Polymers for Energy Storage and Delivery: Polyelectrolytes for Batteries and Fuel Cells, ACS Books.

  3. R. Bernstein, Y. Kaufman, V. Freger (2013). Membrane Characterization, in E. M.V. Hoek, V. V. Tarabara (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology, 2013, Wiley.

  4. V. Freger, H. Shemer, A. Sagiv, R. Semiat, Boron Removal Using Membranes, in N. Kabay, M. Bryjak, N. Hilal (eds.) Boron Separation Processes, Elsevier, 2015

  5. A. Szymczyk, V. Freger, Membrane Characterization, in A. Schaefer, A. Fane (eds.) Nanofiltration: principles and applications, 2nd edtion, Elsevier (under review)

Peer-Reviewed Papers

2020-2021
  1. A. Odess, M. Cohen, J. Li, M. Dantus, E. Zussman, V. Freger, Electrospun Ion-Conducting Composite Membrane with Buckling-Induced Anisotropic Through-Plane Conductivity, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, XXX  (2021) XXX

  2. M. Zelner, P. Jahn, M. Ulbricht, V. Freger, Electrospun Ion-Conducting Composite Membrane with Buckling-Induced Anisotropic Through-Plane ConductivityA mixed-charge polyelectrolyte complex nanofiltration membrane: Preparation, performance and stability, J. Membr. Sci., 636 (2021) 119579

  3. A. Leontev, R. Bar-On, M. Bass, M. Jurić, C. Schmetz, V. Freger, Spatial pattern and surface-specificity of particle and microorganism deposition and attachment: Modeling, analytic solution and experimental test, J. Colloid Interface Sci., 584(15) (2021) 45-56

  4. H. Frankenstein, E. Stein, M. Stolov, M. Koifman Khristosov, V. Freger, G. L. Frey, Blends of Polymer Semiconductor and Polymer Electrolyte for Mixed Ionic and Electronic Conductivity, J. Mater. Chem. C, 9 (2021) 7765-7777

  5. V. Neklyudov, V. Freger, Water and Ion Transfer to Narrow Carbon Nanotubes: Roles of Exterior and Interior, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 12(1) (2020) 185-190

  6. U. N Shrivastava, A. Zhegur-Khais, M. Bass, S. Willdorf-Cohen, V. Freger, D. R Dekel, K. Karan, Water Content and Ionic Conductivity of Thin Films of Different Anionic Forms of Anion Conducting Ionomers, J. Phys. Chem. C, 124(43) (2020) 23469-23478

  7. M Stolov, V Freger, Membrane charge weakly affects ion transport in reverse osmosis, Environ. Sci. & Technol. Lett., 7(6) (2020) 440–445

  8. V Freger, Ion partitioning and permeation in charged low-T* membranes, Adv. Colloid Interface Sci., 277 (2020) 102107

2018-2019
  1. M. Kaganovich, W. Zhang, V. Freger, R. Bernstein, Effect of the membrane exclusion mechanism on phosphate scaling during synthetic effluent desalination, Water research, 161 (2019) 381-391

  2. K. Baransi-Karkaby, M. Bass, V. Freger, In situ modification of reverse osmosis membrane elements for enhanced removal of multiple micropollutants, Membranes, 9(2) (2019) 28

  3. M. Stolov, V. Freger, Degradation of polyamide membranes exposed to chlorine: an impedance spectroscopy study , Environ. Sci. & Technol., 53(5) (2019) 2618-2625

  4. A. Tarnapolsky, V. Freger, Modeling QCM-D response to deposition and attachment of microparticles and living cells, Anal. Chem., 90(23) (2018) 13960-13968

  5. M. Baaden, M. Barboiu, R.M. Bill, C.L. Chen, J. Davis, M. Di Vincenzo…, Biomimetic water channels: general discussion, Faraday discussions , 209 (2018) 205-229

  6. M. Baaden, M. Barboiu, M.P. Borthakur, C.L. Chen, R. Coalson, J. Davis…, Applications to water transport systems: general discussion, Faraday discussions , 209 (2018) 389-414

  7. V. Freger, Selectivity and polarization in water channel membranes: lessons learned from polymeric membranes and CNTs, Faraday discussions , 209 (2018) 371-388

  8. R. Gloukhovski, V. Freger, Y.Tsur, Understanding methods of preparation and characterization of pore-filling polymer composites for proton exchange membranes: a beginner’s guide, Rev. Chem. Eng. , 34(4) (2018) 455-479

  9. K.A. Tankus, L. Issman, M. Stolov, V. Freger, Electrotreated carbon nanotube membranes for facile oil–water separations, ACS Appl. Nano Mater., 1(5) (2018) 2057-2061

  10. S. Shultz, V. Freger, In situ modification of membrane elements for improved boron rejection in RO desalination, Desalination , 431 (2018) 66-72

  11. S.T. Weinman, M. Bass, S. Pandit, M. Herzberg, V. Freger, S.M. Husson, A switchable zwitterionic membrane surface chemistry for biofouling control, J. Membr. Sci., 548 (2018) 490-501

  12. N. Fridman-Bishop, K.A. Tankus V. Freger, Permeation mechanism and interplay between ions in nanofiltration, J. Membr. Sci., 548 (2018) 449-458

  13. S. Shultz, M. Bass, R. Semiat, V. Freger, Modification of polyamide membranes by hydrophobic molecular plugs for improved boron rejection , J. Membr. Sci., 546 (2018) 165-172

  14. M. Baaden, M. Barboiu, R.M. Bill, S. Casanova, C.L.Chen, M. Conner, …, Structure and function of natural proteins for water transport: general discussion, Faraday discussions , 209 (2018) 83-95

  15. M. Baaden, M.P. Borthakur, S. Casanova, R. Coalson, V. Freger, M. Gonzalez, …, The modelling and enhancement of water hydrodynamics: general discussion, Faraday discussions , 209 (2018) 273-285

2016-2017
  1. S. Weinman, M. Bass, V. Freger, M. Herzberg, S.M. Husson, Application of a New Zwitterionic Membrane Surface Chemistry for Biofouling Control, 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting , (2017)

  2. N. Fridman-Bishop, V. Freger, What makes aromatic polyamide membranes superior: New insights into ion transport and membrane structure, J. Membr. Sci., 540 (2017) 120-128

  3. K. Baransi-Karkaby, M. Bass, S. Levchenko, S. Eitan, V. Freger, Facile modification of reverse osmosis membranes by surfactant-assisted acrylate grafting for enhanced selectivity, Environ. Sci. & Technol., 51(4) (2017) 2347-2354

  4. N. Fridman-Bishop, V. Freger, When salt-rejecting polymers meet protons: An electrochemical impedance spectroscopy investigation , Langmuir , 33(6) (2017) 1391-1397

  5. R. Gloukhovski, Y. Tsur, V. Freger, A Nafion-filled Polycarbonate Track-Etched Composite Membrane with Enhanced Selectivity for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells, Fuel Cells , 17(1) (2017) 56-66

  6. R. Ronen, Y. Kaufman, V. Freger, Formation of pore-spanning lipid membrane and cross-membrane water and ion transport, J. Membr. Sci. , 523 (2017) 247-254

  7. M.L.M. Tirado, M.Bass, M. Piatkovsky, M. Ulbricht, M. Herzberg, V. Freger, Assessing biofouling resistance of a polyamide reverse osmosis membrane surface-modified with a zwitterionic polymer, J. Membr. Sci. , 520 (2016) 490-498

  8. S. Levchenko, V. Freger, Breaking the symmetry: Mitigating scaling in tertiary treatment of waste effluents using a positively charged nanofiltration membrane, Environ. Sci. & Technol. Lett. , 3(9) (2016) 339-343

  9. R. Gloukhovski, V. Freger, Y. Tsur, A novel composite nafion/anodized aluminium oxide proton exchange membrane, Fuel Cells , 16(4) (2016) 434-443

2014-2015
  1. O. Nir, N.Fridman-Bishop, O. Lahav, V. Freger, Modeling pH variation in reverse osmosis, Water Res. , 87 (2015) 328-335

  2. V. Kolev, V. Freger, Molecular dynamics investigation of ion sorption and permeation in desalination membranes, J. Phys. Chem. B , 119 (2015) 14168-14179

  3. V. Freger, Outperforming Nature’s membranes, Science , 348(6241) (2015) 1317-1318

  4. M. Bass, V. Freger, Facile evaluation of coating thickness on membranes using ATR-FTIR, J. Membr. Sci., 492 (2015) 348-354

  5. N. Fridman-Bishop, O. Nir, O. Lahav, V. Freger, Predicting the rejection of major seawater ions by spiral-wound nanofiltration membranes, Environ. Sci & Technol., 49 (14) (2015) 8631-8638

  6. D. S. Dlamini, M. Bass, S. Levchenko, B.B. Mamba, E. M.V.Hoek, J.M. Thwala, V. Freger, Diffusion hindrance of low-molecular-weight solutes in dense membranes: an ATR-FTIR study, Desalination 368 (2015) 60-68, (Special issue on Reverse Osmosis)

  7. E. Dražević, K. Košutić, V. Kolev, V. Freger, Does hindered transport theory apply to desalination membranes? Environ. Sci & Technol. 48 (2014) 11471–11478

  8. J. Gutman, Y. Kaufman, K. Kawahara, S. L. Walker, V. Freger, M. Herzberg, Interactions of glycosphingolipids and lipopolysaccharides with silica and polyamide surfaces: Adsorption and viscoelastic properties, Biomacromolecules , 15 (2014) 2128–2137

  9. Y. Kaufman, S. Grinberg, C. Linder, E. Heldman, J. Gilron, Yue-xiao Shen, M. Kumar, V. Freger, Towards supported bolaamphiphile membranes for water filtration: Roles of lipid and substrate J. Memb. Sci., 457 (2014) 50–61

  10. R. Bernstein, V. Freger, J.-H. Lee, Y.-G. Kim, J. Lee, M. Herzberg, “Should I stay or should I go?”: Bacterial attachment versus biofilm formation on surface-modified membranes, Biofouling , 30 (2014) 367–376

  11. J.W. Wang, D.S. Dlamini, A.K. Mishra, M.T.M. Pendergast, M.C.Y. Wong, B.B. Mamba, V. Freger, A.R.D. Verlifde, E.M.V. Hoek, Critical Review of Transport through Osmotic Membranes, J. Memb. Sci., 454, (2014) 516-537

  12. V. Kolev, V. Freger, Hydration, Porosity and Water Dynamics in the Polyamide Layer of Reverse Osmosis Membranes: a Molecular Dynamics Study, Polymer, 55 (2014) 1420-1426

  13. E. Dražević, K. Košutić, V. Freger, Permeability and selectivity of reverse osmosis membranes:correlation to swelling revisited, Water Res. 49 (2014) 444-452

2012-2013
  1. E. Margalit, A. Leshansky, V. Freger, Modeling and analysis of hydrodynamic and physicochemical effects in bacterial deposition on surfaces, Biofouling, 28(8) (2013)  977-989

  2. Y.Kaufman, S.Grinberg, C.Linder, E.Heldman, J. Gilron, V.Freger, Fusion of Bolaamphiphile Micelles: A method  to prepare stable supported biomimetic membranes, Langmuir 29 (2013) 1152–1161

  3. J. Gutman, S. Walker, V. Freger, M. Herzberg, Bacterial Attachment and Viscoelasticity: Physicochemical and Motility Effects Analyzed Using Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation (QCM-D), Environ. Sci.& Technol., 47 (2013) 398–404

  4. J. Lei, C. Mayer, V. Freger, M. Ulbricht, Synthesis and characterization of poly(ethylene glycol)-methacrylate based hydrogel networks for anti-biofouling applications, Macromol. Mat. Eng., 298(9) (2013) 967–980

  5. I.  Marcus, M. Herzberg, S. Walker, V. Freger, Pseudomonas aeruginosa attachment on QCM-D Sensors: The role of cell and surface hydrophobicities, Langmuir, 28(15) (2012) 6396–6402

  6. E. Dražević, S. Bason, K. Košutić, V. Freger, Enhanced partitioning and transport of phenolic micropollutants within polyamide composite membranes, Environ. Sci & Technol., 46(6) (2012) 3377–3383

  7. Y. Kaufman, R. Kasher, R G.H. Lammertink, V. Freger, Microfluidic NF/RO Separation: Cell Design, Performance and Application, J. Membr. Sci., 396 (2012) 67-73

  8. R. Bernstein, S. Belfer, V. Freger, Improving performance of spiral wound RO elements by in-situ concentration polarization-enhanced radical graft polymerization, J. Membr. Sci., 405–406 (2012) 79– 84

2010-2011
  1. I. Eshet, V. Freger, R. Kasher, M. Herzberg, J. Lei, M. Ulbricht, Chemical and physical factors in design of antibiofouling polymer coatings, Biomacromolecules, 12(7) (2011) 2681-2685

  2. R. Bernstein, S. Belfer, V. Freger, Bacterial Attachment to RO Membranes Surface-Modified by Concentration-Polarization Enhanced Graft Polymerization, Environ. Sci & Technol., 45 (2011) 5973-5980

  3. C.L. Kong, T. Shintani, T. Kamada, V. Freger, T. Tsuru, Co-solvent-mediated synthesis of thin polyamide membranes, J. Membr. Sci., 384 (2011) 10– 16

  4. R. Bernstein, S. Belfer, V. Freger, Toward Improved Boron Removal in RO by Membrane Modification: Feasibility and Challenges, Environ. Sci & Technol., 45 (2011) 3613-3620

  5. M. Herzberg, A. Sweity, M. Brami, Y. Kaufman, V. Freger, G. Oron, S. Belfer, R. Kasher, Surface properties and reduced biofouling of graft-copolymers that possess oppositely charged groups, Biomacromolecules, 12 (2011) 1169–1177

  6. M. Bass, A. Berman, A. Singh, O. Konovalov, V. Freger, Surface-induced micelle orientation in Nafion films, Macromolecules, 44 (2011) 2893–2899

  7. S. Bason, Y. Oren, V. Freger, Ion transport in the polyamide layer of RO membranes: composite membranes and free-standing films, J. Membr. Sci., 367 (2011) 119-126

  8. R. Bernstein, S. Belfer, V. Freger, Surface modification of dense membranes using radical graft- polymerization enhanced by monomer filtration, Langmuir, 26 (2010) 12358–12365

  9. S. Bason, V. Freger, Phenomenological analysis of transport of mono- and divalent ions in nanofiltration, J. Membr. Sci., 360 (2010) 389–396

  10. M. Bass, A. Berman, A. Singh, O. Konovalov, V. Freger, The surface structure of Nafion in vapor and liquid, J. Phys. Chem. B, 114 (2010) 3784–3790

  11. A. Ben-David, R. Bernstein, S. Belfer, C. Dosoretz, V. Freger, Facile surface modification of nanofiltration membranes to target the removal of endocrine-disrupting compounds, J. Membr. Sci., 357 (2010) 152-159

  12. S. Bason, Y. Kaufman, V. Freger, Analysis of ion transport in nanofiltration using phenomenological coefficients and structural characteristics, J. Phys. Chem. B, 114 (2010) 3510–3517

  13. Y. Kaufman, A. Berman, V. Freger, Supported lipid bilayer membranes for water purification by reverse osmosis, Langmiur, 26(10) (2010) 7388–7395

2005-2009
  1. V. Freger, Hydration of ionomers and Schroeder’s paradox in Nafion, J. Phys. Chem. B., 113(1) (2009) 24-36

  2. S. Bason, O. Kedem, V. Freger, Determination of concentration-dependent transport coefficients in nanofiltration: experimental evaluation of coefficients, J. Membr. Sci., 326 (2009) 197-204

  3. O. Kedem, V. Freger, Determination of concentration-dependent transport coefficients in nanofiltration: defining an optimal set of coefficients, J. Membr. Sci., 310 (2008) 586–593

  4. V. Shapiro, V. Freger, C. Linder, Y. Oren, Transport Properties of Highly Ordered Heterogeneous Ion-Exchange Membranes, J. Phys. Chem. B, 112 (31) (2008) 9389–9399

  5. D. G. Cahill, V. Freger, S.-Y. Kwak, Microscopy and Microanalysis of Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration Membranes, in M. A. Shannon, R. Semiat (eds.), MRS Bulletin, Advancing Materials and Technologies for Water Purification, 33(1) (2008) 27-32

  6. R. Gloukhovski, Y. Oren, C. Linder & V. Freger, Thin-film composite nanofiltration membranes prepared by electropolymerization, J. Appl. Electrochem., 38 (2008) 759–766

  7. M. Bass, V. Freger, Hydration of Nafion and Dowex in liquid and vapor environment: Schroeder’s paradox and microstructure, Polymer, 49 (2008) 497-506

  8. S. Bason, Y. Oren, V. Freger, Characterization of ion transport in thin films using electrochemical  impedance spectroscopy: II. Examination of the polyamide layer of RO membranes J. Membr. Sci., 302 (2007) 10-19

  9. V. Freger,  S. Bason, Characterization of ion transport in thin films using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy: I. Principles and theory J. Membr. Sci., 302 (2007) 1-9

  10. A. Ben-David, Y. Oren, V. Freger, Thermodynamic factors in partitioning and rejection of organic compounds by polyamide composite membranes. Environ. Sci. Technol., 40 (2006) 7023-7028

  11. A. Ben-David, S. Basson, J. Jopp, Y. Oren, V. Freger, Partitioning of organic solutes between water and polyamide layer of RO and NF membranes: Correlation to rejection J. Membrane Sci., 281 (2006) 480-490

  12. V. Freger, A. Ben-David, Use of Attenuated Total Reflection Infrared Spectroscopy for Analysis of Partitioning of Solutes between Thin Films and Solution Anal. Chem., 77 (2005) 6019-6025

  13. V. Freger, Diffusion impedance and equivalent circuit of a multilayer film, Electrochem. Communications, 7 (2005) 957–961

  14. D. Kuzmenko, E. Arkhangelsky, S. Belfer, V. Freger, V. Gitis, Chemical cleaning of UF membranes fouled by BSA, Desalination 179(1-3) (2005) 323-333

  15. V. Freger, A. Bottino, G. Capannelli, M. Perry, V. Gitis, S. Belfer, Characterization of novel acid-stable NF membranes before and after exposure to acid using ATR-FTIR, TEM and AFM, J. Membrane Sci., 256 (2005) 134-142

  16. V. Freger. Kinetics of film formation by interfacial polycondensation, Langmuir, 21 (2005) 1884-1894

2000-2004
  1. V. Freger. Swelling and morphology of the skin layer of polyamide composite membranes: an AFM study, Environ. Sci & Technol., 38 (2004) 3168-3175

  2. Y. Oren, V. Freger, C. Linder. Highly conductive ordered heterogeneous ion-exchange membranes, J. Membrane Sci., 239 (2004) 17–26

  3. V. Freger. Nanoscale heterogeneity of the polyamide membranes obtained by interfacial polymerization, Langmuir, 19 (2003) 4791-4797

  4. V. Freger. S. Srebnik, Mathematical model of charge and density distributions in interfacial polymerization of thin films, J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 88 (2003) 1162-1169

  5. V. Freger, J. Gilron, S. Belfer, TFC polyamide membranes modified by grafting of hydrophilic polymers: a FTIR/AFM/TEM study, J. Membrane Sci., 209 (2002) 283-292

  6. V. Freger, Elastic energy in microscopically phase-separated swollen polymer networks, Polymer, 43 (2002) 71-76

  7. V. Freger, T. C. Arnot, J. A. Howell, Separation of concentrated organic/inorganic salt mixtures by nanofiltration, J. Membrane Sci, 178 (1-2) (2000) 185-193

  8. V. Freger, E. Korin, J. Wisniak and E. Korngold, Measurements of sorption in hydrophilic pervaporation, J. Membrane Sci., 164 (2000) 251-256

1992-1999
  1. V. Freger, E. Korin, J. Wisniak, E. Korngold, M. Ise and K. D. Kreuer, Diffusion of water and ethanol in ion-exchange membranes: limits of the geometric approach, J. Membrane Sci.,160 (1999) 213

  2. V. Freger, E. Korin, J. Wisniak and E. Korngold, Transport mechanism in ion-exchange pervaporation membranes: Dehydration of water-ethanol mixture by sodium polyethylene sulfonate membranes, J. Membrane Sci.,133 (1997) 255

  3. V. Freger, E. Korin, J. Wisniak and E. Korngold, Preferential sorption in ion-exchange pervaporation membranes: Sorption of water-ethanol mixture by sodium polyethylene sulfonate, J. Membrane Sci.,128 (1997) 151

  4. V. Freger, V. N. Vetokhin,  On the determination of the rate of foam destruction. Film rupture, Rus. Colloid J., 54 (1992) 167.
  5. V. Freger, V. N. Vetokhin,  On the determination of the rate of foam destruction. Gas diffusion, Rus. Colloid J., 54 (1992) 162.