Comparison study on the performance of two different gas-permeable membranes used in a membrane-aerated biofilm reactor

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Science of the Total Environment, 2019, 658 pp. 1219 - 1227
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© 2018 Elsevier B.V. This study compared the performance of two different gas-permeable membranes, PVDF and PP membrane, in a membrane-aerated biofilm reactor (MABR). The surface characteristics and membrane pore blocking of these two membrane materials were studied utilizing AFM, SEM and CLSM. The PVDF membrane surface was more rough and hydrophilic, and possessed a better microbial affinity compared to PP. Furthermore, the MABR equipped with a PVDF membrane removed more COD (97.06 ± 0.97%) and TN (85.66 ± 0.87%) compared to the MABR with PP membrane (87.13 ± 0.87% and 71.13 ± 0.71%, respectively). As well, the PP membrane exhibited severe membrane pore blocking and had a lower oxygen transfer rate than the PVDF membrane. It is concluded that the PVDF membrane has potential as an aeration membrane material for MABRs.
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