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Friday 27 Jan 2017Membranes in wastewater treatment: Conceiving Wastewater Treatment in 2020

Dr Evina Katsou -

Harrison Building, HAR170 14:00-15:00


Membrane bioreactors are currently a mature technology with many full scale applications around the world for both municipal and industrial wastewater. The market penetration of MBR technology has been the result of the implementation of strict legislation concerning the treated effluent discharged/reused, scape limitations and upgrade requirements for wastewater treatment plants. Research in MBRs has mainly focused on findings ways to mitigate the main operational problem which is membrane fouling, to decrease the energy requirements of the process and to enhance performance. Innovative membrane processes have been developed in an effort to decrease the energy efficiency of membrane processes and to recover energy and/or materials from sewage. Such processes include anaerobic MBR (AnMBR), biofilm MBR (BF-MBR), membrane-aerated biofilm reactors (MABR), forward osmosis MBR (FO-MBR) and microbial desalination cells (MDC). The advantages and disadvantages of these processes are explained. Furthermore, the challenges that need to be addressed in order to facilitate the penetration of membrane technologies for wastewater purification are discussed.

About the speaker

Evina Katsou is Course Director of Water Engineering MSc at Brunel University. Katsou is a Chemical Engineer with a Master of Science on Water Resources Science and Technology from the Department of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). She obtained her PhD on ‘Wastewater treatment with the use of membranes’ from NTUA on December 2011. From January 2012 up to August 2014 Evina worked as a post doctoral researcher in the Group of Franco Cecchi at the University of Verona in Italy.

Katsou's research activities are related to the development and application of state-of-the-art processes/technologies for wastewater treatment. She also studies the production of bioplastics in wastewater treatment plants.

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