Anaerobic membrane bioreactor as a decentralized municipal wastewater treatment technology


Project Description

This project looks into scaling up anaerobic membrane bioreactors to treat municipal wastewaters. A pilot-scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor will be constructed and operated to treat municipal wastewater. Reactor performance will be evaluated along with the effluent quality. ​
Program - Environmental Science and Engineering
Division - Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Center Affiliation - Water Desalination and Reuse Center
Field of Study - ​Chemical or Process Engineering ​

About the

Peiying Hong

Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering

Peiying Hong
Professor Hong’s research interests include molecular microbiology and microbial aspects in water and wastewater ecosystems. Her research aims to understand the roles and interactions of microorganisms in these ecosystems, and to utilize the insights to solve issues related to water quality and water reuse. Professor Hong’s research also looks at the biotic contaminants (e.g. antibiotic resistance genes, mobile genetic elements, pathogens) that are present in the natural and engineered environments.

Desired Project Deliverables

​The deliverables are to come up with a process reactor design for the scaled-up anaerobic membrane bioreactor; a lab-scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor will be operated to treat municipal wastewater; reactor performance will be assessed; effluent quality will be measured; effluent will be used to irrigate agricultural crops; crop yield and health will also be evaluated in collaboration with Professor Ikram Blilou’s group.