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Application of the MIEX DOC process to membrane hybrid systems for water reuse

Funding: 2003: $23,033
2004: $23,033
2005: $23,033

Project Member(s): Vigneswaran, S., Ngo, H.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)
Orica Australia P/L

Start year: 2003

Summary: Fresh water is increasingly scarce in Australia and wastewater reuse is being advocated as a strategy for both meeting our needs and protecting the environment. This research will test the magnetic ion exchange (MIEX) process as a pretreatment for a membrane-flocculation hybrid system (MFHS). MIEX will remove small and medium molecular weight organics and minimize membrane fouling. Large molecular weight organics, suspended solids and micro-organisms will be removed by MFHS. This research will pioneer a novel hybrid system for treatment and reuse of domestic wastewater for non-drinking purposes and provide high quality research training of a doctoral student.


Zhang, R, Vigneswaran, S, Ngo, H & Nguyen, H 2008, 'Fluidized bed magnetic ion exchange (MIEX®) as pre-treatment process for a submerged membrane reactor in wastewater treatment and reuse', Desalination, vol. 227, no. 1-3, pp. 85-93.
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Keywords: Wastewater reuse Wastewater treatment Submerged membrane reactor Magnetic ion exchange (MIEX) Floating medium flocculator/filter Refractory organics

FOR Codes: Prevention and treatment of pollution, Waste management and recycling, Chemical Engineering not elsewhere classified, Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified