Special Issue "Wastewater Treatment in Membrane Bioreactors: Features and Application"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Wastewater Treatment and Reuse".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Nikolay Makisha
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Guest Editor
Moscow State University of Civil Engineering, Moscow, Russia
Interests: wastewater treatment; sustainable development; urban wastewater management; membrane technologies; modernization of water facilities
Dr. Alexei G. Pervov
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Guest Editor
Moscow State University of Civil Engineering, Moscow, Russia
Interests: membrane methods; water purification; desalination; reverse osmosis; wastewater treatment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The concept of sustainable development is a global trend that focuses on the development of solutions for a particular area of the national economy that will not only be the most effective in terms of their direct application, but will also reduce the impact on the environment, and their implementation will require minimal costs. From this point of view, wastewater treatment technologies fit perfectly into the ideology of sustainable development, since high-quality treatment contributes to the creation of a high-quality environment and reduces the negative impact on water bodies, soil, atmosphere, etc. At the same time, wastewater treatment technologies require high energy consumption, and the stricter the requirements for the quality of treatment, the higher the costs will be.

If we consider urban wastewater treatment facilities, the application of various technologies should be evaluated in terms of their implementation at new facilities or the upgrading of existing ones. In both cases, it is mandatory to ensure the required values of the maximum permissible discharge under various restrictions: technological, industrial, economic, etc. One of the relatively new, and therefore promising, methods of wastewater treatment is the application of membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment of various origins.

This Special Issue aims to accumulate new knowledge obtained through the research, study and consideration of the principles and features of wastewater treatment in membrane bioreactors under various conditions and modes of operation. In addition, the issue of energy and the economic efficiency of this technology is of particular interest.

Dr. Nikolay Makisha
Dr. Alexei G. Pervov
Guest Editors

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  • Membrane bioreactor (MBR)
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Aerobic membrane bioreactor
  • Anaerobic membrane bioreactor
  • Contaminant removal
  • Membrane fouling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

1. A Review paper

Title: The economic efficiency of wastewater treatment in membrane bioreactors: A systematic review

Authors: Boyuan Zheng1, Shulin Qiu1, Ching-Wen Chien1, Tao-Hsin Tung2
1 Institute for Hospital Management, Tsinghua University, Shenzhen Campus, Shenzhen, China.
2 Taizhou Hospital of Zhejiang province affiliated to Wenzhou Medical University, Zhejiang, China

Abstract: Background. Membrane bioreactor (MBR) has been widely used in wastewater treatment for its’ simplicity, convenience, efficiency and reliability. However, due to the high operating cost of MBR, some challenges need to be addressed in order for MBR to achieve better economic efficiency in wastewater treatment.
Purpose: This systematic review is conducted to explore the economic efficiency of MBR for wastewater treatment. The progress in this specific field will be displayed, which will provide reference for improving the economic efficiency of wastewater treatment by MBR.

Keywords: Membrane bioreactor, economic efficiency, systematic review

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