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A novel outer-selective hollow fibre nanocomposite membranes tailored for osmotic membrane bioreactor technology: alternative technology for high quality water reuse

Project Member(s): Shon, H.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs)
Australian Research Council (ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs)

Start year: 2020

Summary: This project aims to advance the osmotic membrane bioreactor (OMBR) and reverse osmosis (RO) hybrid technology as a superior alternative to the conventional MBR-RO technology for high quality water reuse including for direct potable water reuse applications. This will be done by successfully developing a novel outer selective thin film composite (TFC) hollow fibre forward osmosis (FO) membrane with high fouling resistance suitable for submerged osmotic membrane bioreactor (OMBR) application. The OMBR-RO hybrid system expects to address many of the significant issues facing the conventional MB-RO hybrid system particularly in reducing RO membrane biofouling issues and improving water quality while potentially lowering energy consumption.


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Zhao, S, He, T, Li, X, Gao, C, Shon, HK, Nghiem, LD & Elimelech, M 2018, 'Highlights of international forward osmosis technology symposium (IFOS2016): is forward osmosis feasible?', Huagong Xuebao/CIESC Journal, vol. 69, no. 4, pp. 1255-1260.
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FOR Codes: Separation¿¿technologies, Membrane and Separation Technologies, Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (excl. Urban and Industrial Use), Measurement and assessment of freshwater quality (incl. physical and chemical conditions of water)