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Title: Applications of membrane aerated biofilm reactors for wastewater treatment
Author: Murray, Simon Thomas
ISNI:       0000 0004 6059 4912
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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Despite being the subject of peer reviewed research since the mid-1980s, the conservative nature of the wastewater treatment industry means that the commercial application of membrane aerated biofilm reactors has not realized the potential that the published research demonstrates. The early research demonstrated the ability of membrane aerated biofilm reactors to achieve good levels of pollutant removal from various types of wastewater, but also exposed several weaknesses of the technology (i.e. cost of membranes, control of biofilm thickness) which have prevented the concept of MABfRs being developed in viable wastewater treatment technologies. However, as membrane technology has developed, the cost of suitable membranes has fallen, prompting the research community to revisit the concept. This later batch of research has identified several niche applications where membrane supported biofilms can be used for effective removal of pollutants from water. Using the MABfR for the treatment of secondary effluent as a polishing step is another niche application which has been identified and is examined in this work; leading to the development of a patented treatment technology – the BioSettler.
Supervisor: Rooney, David Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Membranes ; Biofilms ; Wastewater Treatment ; Mass Transfer