Mechanisms of biofilm mediated fouling on nanofiltration membranes applied to micropollutant removal

Mechanisms of biofilm mediated fouling on nanofiltration membranes applied to micropollutant removal

Drinking water quality is threatened by newly emerging organic micro-pollutants (pesticides, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals) in source waters. Many of these pollutants have potential health effects in fish and mammals. The loss of membrane flux due to fouling is one of the main impediments in the development of membrane processes for use in drinking water treatment. The objective of this work is to determine the nature of biofilm mediated fouling of nanofiltration membranes. A more fundamental insight into the mechanisms of nanofiltration operation will help in further development of this treatment method in future water treatment processes.

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Science Foundation Ireland not EPA
Dr Eoin Casey

Keywords: Drinking water; Organic micro-pollutants; Biofilm; Nanofiltration

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