Special Issue "Developing Membrane Bioreactors for Wastewater Treatment and Reuse"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375). This special issue belongs to the section "Membrane Processing and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 195

Special Issue Editors

School of Civil Engineering, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou 510006, China
Interests: anaerobic/aerobic membrane bioreactor; membrane aerated biofilm reactor; pressure-driven membrane process (e.g., microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis); membrane fouling; process optimization, wastewater treatment and reuse
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Dr. Moustapha Harb
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801, USA
Interests: anaerobic membrane bioreactors; dynamic membranes in wastewater treatment; emerging contaminants in water environments; environmental microbiology and biotechnology; microbial safety of effluents for water reuse
Dr. Shuo Zhang
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Guest Editor
Water Desalination and Reuse Center, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal 23955-6900, Saudi Arabia
Interests: membrane bioreactor; microbial contaminants; anaerobic biotechnologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, membrane bioreactors (MBRs) have been extensively researched, developed and engineered for applications in both municipal and industrial wastewater treatment and reuse worldwide as innovative hybrid models of biological degradation and solid–liquid membrane separation. To date, conventional MBRs (aerobic activated sludge + polymeric micro/ultra-filtration membrane) have been regarded as a mature technology, but their application is limited due to membrane fouling (especially biofouling) and associated energy/cost issue. New MBRs, either with a different biological process (e.g., granular sludge, biofilm, anaerobic digestion, and anammox) or a different separation membrane (e.g., ceramic/composite/conductive MF/UF, NF, forward osmosis, and distillation), have emerged as an alternative to enhance permeate quality, mitigate membrane fouling, and expand new functions.

This Special Issue on ‘Developing Membrane Bioreactors for Wastewater Treatment and Reuse’ of the journal Membranes aims to cover recent developments on all aspects of membrane bioreactors, including, but not limited to, conventional MBRs, new MBRs, pollutants removal performance and mechanism, membrane fouling mechanism and control, novel membrane or membrane modification, process optimization, and municipal and industrial wastewater treatment.

Authors are invited to submit both latest original papers and reviews.

Prof. Dr. Chunhai Wei
Dr. Moustapha Harb
Dr. Shuo Zhang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • membrane bioreactor
  • wastewater treatment
  • membrane fouling
  • activated sludge
  • anaerobic digestion
  • micro/ultra/nano filtration
  • forward osmosis
  • membrane distillation
  • process optimization

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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