Reports Summarize Bioresource Technology Study Results from National Chiao Tung University [Comparison of membrane foulants occurred under different sub-critical flux conditions in a membrane bioreactor (MBR)]
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- A new study on Bioresource Technology is now available. According to news reporting originating in Hsinchu, Taiwan, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Membrane fouling precludes the widespread application of membrane filtration system from treating wastewater and drinking water, and occurs even under sub-critical flux operations. Hence the characteristics and behavior of membrane foulants should be thoroughly investigated, so as to find ways to reduce membrane fouling in membrane bioreactors."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from National Chiao Tung University, "The purpose of this study is to compare the membrane fouling potential at different sub-critical flux operations and for different hydrophobic/hydrophilic membranes, and to investigate the vertical distribution of membrane foulants in a cake layer. Results showed that higher fouling propensity which occurred under 80% of critical flux of hydrophilic membrane was associated with the soluble fraction of proteins and polysaccharides, compared with 60% of critical flux. The cell-bound components were dominant under hydrophobic membrane operation."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The highest concentration of proteins and polysaccharides was found between 40% and 80% of the depth of the cake layer."
For more information on this research see: Comparison of membrane foulants occurred under different sub-critical flux conditions in a membrane bioreactor (MBR). Bioresource Technology, 2014;166():389-394. Bioresource Technology can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Bioresource Technology - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/405854)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting T.N.P. Nguyen, National Chiao Tung University, Dept. of Biol Sci & Technol, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan. Additional authors for this research include Y.C. Su, J.R. Pan and C.P. Huang (see also Bioresource Technology).
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Taiwan, Hsinchu, Bioresource Technology
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