Special Issue "CESE-2018: Membrane Technologies for Water Sustainability"

A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 March 2019)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jega Veeriah Jegatheesan

School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne 3000, Australia
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Interests: water (treatment, distribution, modelling); wastewater (MBR, membranes in agriculture, aquaculture); salt water intrusion; resource recovery (mine tailing ponds, dye and salt from textile effluent); novel technologies (forward osmosis, membrane distillation)
Guest Editor
Prof. Chettiyappan Visvanathan

School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, Klongluang, Pathumthani, 12120 Thailand
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Interests: anaerobic membrane bioreactors for industrial wastewater treatment; aerated membrane bioreactors; hybrid membrane systems for biological wastewater treatment
Guest Editor
Dr. Li Shu

LJS Environment, Parkville, VIC 3052, Australia
Interests: water and wastewater (treatment, membrane bioreactor, recirculating aquaculture systems, application of membranes in agriculture); resource recovery (metal recovery from RO concentrate, mine tailing ponds, recovery of dye and salt from textile effluent); novel technology (nanotechnology, forward osmosis, membrane distillation)
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Faisal I. Hai

Strategic Water Infrastructure Laboratory, School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
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Interests: membrane, biological, enzymatic and adsorption technologies for wastewater treatment/reuse, energy/resource recovery from wastewater/biosolids

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Population growth, urban intensification and climate change are changing our lifestyles dramatically. One of the precious resources that is affected significantly by the above is water. Increasing water usage and subsequently-generated “impaired water” pose significant threats to existing fresh water resources. Integrated water management has become a sensible approach to avoid losing freshwater resources at faster rates, and to ascertain water sustainability for the foreseeable future. Could we quantify the rate of depletion of fresh water under different scenarios? Could we quantify the contributions of various integrated water management components toward the preservation of fresh water resources? Could we promote the contribution of membrane technologies, which are great contributors of water sustainability?

This call for papers invites researchers broadly and the delegates of the International Conference on the Challenges in Environmental Science and Engineering, CESE-2018 (to be held 4–8 November, 2018, at the Sukosol Bangkok in Thailand) in particular, who are working on the above to submit original research papers, critical review articles, case studies and technical notes on the following themes:

  • Membrane application in zero liquid discharge
  • Membrane application in industrial wastewater treatment and discharge
  • Membrane application for the removal of emerging contaminants from water
  • Membrane application in renewable energy production processes
  • Membrane applications in stormwater management
  • Membrane applications in concentrate management

Authors are requested to provide clear evidence of how their work will contribute to water sustainability in their manuscripts.

Prof. Dr. Jega Jegatheesan
Prof. Chettiyappan Visvanathan
Dr. Li Shu
Assoc. Prof. Faisal I Hai
Guest Editors

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  • Water sustainability
  • Membrane technologies
  • Zero liquid discharge
  • Industrial wastewater
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Renewable energy

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Open AccessArticle Performance Evaluation of a Thermophilic Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor for Palm Oil Wastewater Treatment
Received: 26 February 2019 / Revised: 5 April 2019 / Accepted: 12 April 2019 / Published: 18 April 2019
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Anaerobic treatment processes have achieved popularity in treating palm oil mill effluent due to its high treatability and biogas generation. The use of externally submerged membranes with anaerobic reactors promotes the retention of the biomass in the reactor. This study was conducted in [...] Read more.
Anaerobic treatment processes have achieved popularity in treating palm oil mill effluent due to its high treatability and biogas generation. The use of externally submerged membranes with anaerobic reactors promotes the retention of the biomass in the reactor. This study was conducted in thermophilic conditions with the Polytetrafluoroethylene hollow fiber (PTFE-HF) membrane which was operated at 55 °C. The reactor was operated at Organic Loading Rates (OLR) of 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 10 kg Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD)/m3·d to investigate the treatment performance and the membrane operation. The efficiency of the COD removal achieved by the system was between 93–98%. The highest methane yield achieved was 0.56 m3 CH4/kg CODr. The reactor mixed liquor volatile suspended solids (MLVSS) was maintained between 11.1 g/L to 20.9 g/L. A dead-end mode PTFE hollow fiber microfiltration was operated with the constant flux of 3 LMH (L/m2·h) in permeate recirculation mode to separate the clear final effluent and retain the biomass in the reactor. Membrane fouling was one of the limiting factors in the membrane bioreactor application. In this study, organic fouling was observed to be 93% of the total membrane fouling. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue CESE-2018: Membrane Technologies for Water Sustainability)

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