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Plenary Lecture 16: Managing microbial communities in anaerobic membrane bioreactors

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Understanding Microbial Communities; Function, Structure and Dynamics

Anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) systems have recently come to the forefront as promising options for mainstream anaerobic treatment of domestic wastewater. Our research has demonstrated with a bench-scale AnMBR that this technology can produce effluent quality comparable to activated sludge treatment at temperatures as low as 6C. However, we have also demonstrated that this technology can only become competitive as an alternative domestic wastewater treatment option after addressing its high global warming potential due to the presence of dissolved methane in the permeate and the high energy demand for fouling control. While these appear to be typical process engineering problems, we contend that management of the complex anaerobic microbial communities in AnMBR is an essential component of solving these challenges and will show experimental data in support of this statement.

This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series.

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