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  • Journal title : Environmental Engineering Research
  • Volume 12, Issue 4,  2007, pp.157-175
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Environmental Engineering
  • DOI : 10.4491/eer.2007.12.4.157
 Title & Authors
Rittmann, Bruce E.;
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The membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR) creates a natural partnership of a membrane and biofilm, because a gas-transfer membrane delivers a gaseous substrate to the biofilm that grows on the membrane's outer wall. -based MBfRs (called membrane aerated biofilm reactors, or MABRs) have existed for much longer than -based MBfRs, but the -based MBfR is a versatile platform for reducing oxidized contaminants in many water-treatment settings: drinking water, ground water, wastewater, and agricultural drainage. Extensive bench-scale experimentation has proven that the -based MBfR can reduce many oxidized contaminant to harmless or easily removed forms: e.g., to , to and , to , and trichloroethene (TCE) to ethene and . The MBfR has been tested at the pilot scale for and and is now entering field-testing for many of the oxidized contaminants alone or in mixtures. For the MBfR to attain its full promise, several issues must be addressed by bench and field research: understanding interactions with mixtures of oxidized contaminants, treating waters with a high TDS concentration, developing modules that can be used in situ to augment pre-denitrification of wastewater, and keeping the capital costs low.
Biofilm;Bio-reduction;Hydrogen;Membrane;Oxidized contamiants;
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