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Principles of Membrane Bioreactors for Wastewater Treatment

1st Edition

By Hee-Deung Park, In-Soung Chang, Kwang-Jin Lee

CRC Press

445 pages | 232 B/W Illus.

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Principles of Membrane Bioreactors for Wastewater Treatment covers the basic principles of membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology, including biological treatment, membrane filtration, and MBR applications. The book discusses concrete principles, appropriate design, and operational aspects.

It covers a wide variety of MBR topics, including filtration theory, membrane materials and geometry, fouling phenomena and properties, and strategies for minimizing fouling. Also covered are the practical aspects such as operation and maintenance.

Case studies and examples in the book help readers understand the basic concepts and principles clearly, while problems presented help advance relevant theories more deeply. Readers will find this book a helpful resource to understand the state of the art in MBR technology.

Table of Contents


Introduction of MBR

Direction in Research and Development (R&D) of MBR


Biological Wastewater Treatment

Microorganisms in Bioreactor

Microbial Stoichiometry in Bioreactor

Microbial Kinetics

Mass Balances

Biological Nitrogen Removal

Biological Phosphorus Removal



Membranes, Modules, and Cassettes

Membrane Separation Theories

Membrane Materials

Membrane Fabrication

Membrane Characterization

Membrane Performance

Membrane Modules

Membrane Cassettes



Membrane Fouling

Fouling Phenomena

Classification of Fouling

Types of Foulants

Factors Affecting Membrane Fouling

Quantitative Determination of Fouling

Fouling Control Strategy



MBR Operation

Operation Parameters

Aeration for Biotreatment and Membrane Aeration

Fouling Control



Design of MBR

Process Flow of Wastewater Treatment Plants Using MBR

Pretreatment System Design

Bioreactor Design

Aeration Design

Membrane System Design

Design Example



Case Studies


Commercial Membranes, Modules, and Cassettes for MBR

Case Studies of the MBR Processes Using Popular Membranes

Case Studies for Municipal Wastewater Treatment

Case Studies for Industrial Wastewater Treatment


About the Authors

Hee-Deung Park is an associate professor at the School of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering in Korea University, Seoul. He received his PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University. Prior to joining the faculty at Korea University, he worked at Kolon Engineering and Construction. Dr. Park’s research interests involve identifying microbial community compositions in environmental engineering settings such as activated sludge reactors, anaerobic digesters, and membrane filters, and exploring the correlations between community information and the function of environmental engineering systems.

In-Soung Chang is a professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering at Hoseo University in South Korea. He received his PhD from the Department of Chemical Technology in Seoul National University and conducted postdoctoral research at Cranfield University in the UK. Dr. Chang’s current research interest focus on water and wastewater treatment using high voltage impulses technique.

Kwang-Jin Lee is a PhD candidate at the School of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering in Korea University, where he also received his MS and BS in physical chemistry. He has worked at Kolon Industries, Inc. as a researcher. He developed Cleanfil®-S Series of modules, which are now widely used in the environmental market. His research interests include the fabrication of nano-scaled material based membranes such as carbon nanotubes and analyzing the basic mechanisms of membrane performance.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
SCIENCE / Biotechnology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / Water Supply