To improve the biocompatibility of polypropylene membrane with hepatocytes, film was firstly allowed to generate peroxide groups by ammonium peroxydisulfate (APS) thermal decomposition and was then carboxylated by free radical grafting polymerization using acrylic acid as the monomer and ferrous(II) ions as redox initiator. Collagen was then covalently immobilized through amide bonds between the residue amine groups and carboxylic ones in the presence of water-soluble carbodiimide. The film was characterized by Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy in attenuated total reflection mode (ATR–FTIR), X-photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), etc. The experimental results show that there exist hydroperoxide groups after APS aqueous thermal decomposition, which are subsequently converted into the polymeric free radicals initiating the vinyl monomers to subject grafting polymerization. The maximum collagen immobilization content is about 10.5 μg/cm2 by ninhydrin assay. Hepatocytes cultured on collagen immobilized film show stable phenotype and normal liver-specific functions more than 20 days as observed by scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and biochemical parameters determination.