Past, Present and Future of MBRS for Wastewater Treatment


Prof. Vincenzo Belgiorno

University of Salerno, Italy


Abstract: Membrane bioreactors (MBRs), combining membrane filtration with biological degradation, represent a more promising alternative for wastewater treatment due to the significant number of advantages that this technology offers over conventional wastewater treatments, such as smaller footprint and reactor volume, higher and more stable effluent quality as a consequence of membrane filtration, less sludge production, and lower sensitivity to contaminant peaks. Despite the cost of MBR plants has greatly reduced over the last few years, membrane fouling and high energy consumption still represent a limitation in the wider diffusion of this technology. Indeed, considerable research and development activities are in progress relating to new technological configurations, to control fouling and to reduce energy consumption. This speech will discusse the recent advances in MBR technology proposed on the market aimed at reducing energy demand and mitigating fouling, both being key aspects in the operation of an MBR reactor. The new technological configurations developed are also highlighted along with recent research advances for membrane fouling control and the increase of treatment performance.


Biogrpahy: Professor of environmental engineering, Vincenzo Belgiorno carries out scientific research in the areas of wastewater and solid waste treatment. He is head of the SEED, Laboratory of Environmental Engineering of University of Salerno in Southern Italy where on-field experiences are combined with scientific research. Vincenzo Belgiorno published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has been often involved in international research projects and conferences organization. He has a professional experience on the design of wastewater treatment plants, solid waste treatment facilities and restoration of contaminated sites and he has been responsible for several consultancies of the University of Salerno to Institutions and private companies. He served as a consultant for Italian Parliament in the waste emergency and its connections with criminality and as commissioner for Regione Campania for the construction of an anaerobic digestion plant for organic waste treatment. Vincenzo Belgiorno is currently the coordinator of the Doctorate School in Environmental Engineering at the University of Salerno and associate editor of Desalination and water treatment and Global Nest Journal.

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