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A New Photocatalysis Hybrid System in Wastewater Treatment for Reuse

Funding: 2006: $90,000
2007: $80,000
2008: $80,000

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

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)
Australian Research Council (Other funds for ARC projects)

Start year: 2006

Summary: This project aims at developing a compact, low-maintenance hybrid system combining photocatalysis, adsorption and submerged membrane system in a single unit for removing effluent organic matter (EfOM) from effluent in small wastewater treatment schemes. Through (i) optimising photocatalysis parameters using a new analytical procedure, (ii) developing alternative catalyst to remove hydrophobic components in the wastewater, and (iii) establishing a suitable membrane configuration to couple with the photocatalysis system, a novel hybrid system will be designed to obtain the maximum removal of specific EfOM with no residue and minimum energy and maintenance requirement.

Keywords: Photocalysis hybrid system, Effluent organic matter removal, Water and wastewater treatment, Submerged membrane system, Molecular weight size distribution, Water reuse,

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