Direct numerical simulations are performed to investigate the transient processes of laminar flame-wall interaction and quenching near a porous, permeable wall and compared against a reference case of a non-porous impermeable wall. A boundary condition formulation that models species (hydrogen in this case) transport through a permeable wall, driven by the fuel species partial pressure difference between the feed and the permeate side of a selective membrane, has been implemented in a high-order finite difference direct numerical simulation code for reactive flows (S3D) by Chen et al. (2009) . The present results are obtained for lean, stoichiometric and rich initial mixture conditions on the permeate side of the permeable wall and indicate that the characteristic parameters of the flame-wall interaction (wall heat flux, quenching distance) are affected to a large extent by the presence of the membrane hydrogen flux. Concurrently, the hydrogen flux through the membrane is also strongly affected by the presence of the flame during the transient flame-wall interaction process, finally resulting in a strong feedback mechanism between the membrane hydrogen flux and the flame that greatly increases boundary layer flashback speeds at fuel lean conditions. © 2014, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.