The Laboratory of Membrane Processes at iBET is focused on water treatment
Membrane Processes is one of our emerging areas of research, focused on water treatment. Below, there are the group main activities and research interests
- Reverse osmosis
- Ion exchange membrane bioreactors for water treatment of organic and inorganic pollutants (e.g. pesticides, hormones, pharmaceutical compounds as well as ionic pollutants such as nitrate, perchlorate and bromate) and reuse.
Filtration and Photolysis
Integration of two demonstrated technologies – filtration and photolysis – to overcome the drawbacks of the individual treatment processes:
- fouling of filtration devices
- scavenging of disinfectant by water particulates
Modification of Membranes
Modification of membranes using photocatalytic nanomaterials that can minimize fouling and therefore make membrane processes extremely efficient to ensure an uniformly high quality and quantity of treated water that will be applicable to a wide range of industries and allow water re-use and the recovery of valuable by-products.
Water disinfection methods such as free and combined chlorine, direct and indirect photolysis processes, ozone and advanced oxidation processes.
Improved Water Disinfection Methods
Development of improved water disinfection methods that will be able to cope with the inactivation of emerging pathogens (bacteria, virus and fungi) and water re-use applications without the extensive use of chemicals that will lead to the production of toxic by-products.