New processes for fouling control in membrane bioreactors
The project is implemented by the Operational Programme "Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship" EPAN II , ESPA 2007-2013, the National Action Range "COOPERATION 2011" and co-financed by Greece and the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union. Project 11SYN_8_1084. Among the partners of the program is Aristotle University, Chemistry Department, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (ATEITH), Food Technologies Faculty of and Environmental Engineering S.A..The main objective of the project is to develop an integrated methodology for controlling fouling in membrane bioreactors, using a combination of methods:
- Adding specific chemicals, which will enhance the agglomeration and aggregation of the components responsible for clogging, thus reducing the formation of biofilm on the surface of the films and reducing their rate of obturating.
- Using modified membranes with properties against clogging, which will enhance the hydrophobicity of the surface.