A while back I posted a discussion on LinkedIn asking for comments on what readers regarded as being the most challenging industrial effluent for treatment using an MBR. It was largely ignored (a common enough, and entirely justifiable, happenstance).
The MBR Blog
It can be boring to hold forth about the bountiful merits of a fellow academic in glowing terms but I find myself waxing lyrical on the paper-writing machine that is Dr Fangang Meng of Sun Yat Sen University.
There can be few things more confounding in MBR operation and maintenance than the development of filamentous bacteria in the biotank. These are 'string-like' micro-organisms, with different species apparently prevailing under different conditions.
Despite the benefits offered by MBR technology with respect to the amazingly high water quality produced, it’s hard to get away from the not-unwarranted perception that they are too expensive to buy, use too much energy, and present a whole host of operational problems.
While the academic profession continues to find increasingly expensive analytical instrumentation and more protracted procedures for fractionating and identifying foulants in municipal MBRs, it’s left to practitioners to come up with methods for tackling fouling.