Anion exchange membranes (AEMs) with excellent antifouling property are essential for treating highly saline organic wastewater through electrodialysis (ED). In this study, we proposed a strategy of surface charge inversion to construct a blocked- nanolayer based on in-suit dopamine (DA) deposition followed by grafting negative-charged 2-acrylamide-2-methylpropanesulfonic acid (AMPS) for promoting the antifouling performance of AEM. It's indicated that the surface hydrophilicity and negative charge density was gradually enhanced with the increase of AMPS grafting density without sacrifices of ion exchange capability, swelling ratio and desalination performance. In the simulated fouling experiments, the optimal AEM-AMPS-105 membrane exhibited excellent antifouling property due to the improved surface hydrophilicity and high electrostatic repulsion against organic matter. It's highlighted that the transmembrane voltage of modified membrane after operating 200 min was reduced from 7.12 V to 4.85 V with a significant decrease of energy consumption by 55.1 % while maintaining a high current efficiency level of 85.5 %. Moreover, the modified membrane performed significantly enhanced salt/contaminant selectivity and high stability in dye wastewater treatment. We anticipated that the construction of charge-blocked nanolayer by surface charge inversion offered a practical method for improving the organic fouling-resistance of AEMs.

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