Novel membrane design and filtration process in wastewater treatment for prevention of epidemic disease

Project: Research

Project Details


In 2020, spreading of epidemic disease flagged up the importance of public health and personal hygiene. Monitoring, controlling, and prevention of contagious bacteria and virus through respiratory and aquatic routes becomes critical in unprecedented manner. Membrane filtration process and system design will be developed for preventing water-based transmission of infectious disease. The inherent issue of membrane filtration, fouling phenomena, will be addressed based on mathematic modeling and computational fluid dynamics simulation. In-depth understanding on biofouling and flux decline according to geometry of membrane module correlates the adequate hydrodynamic condition around the deposited particles. For economic implementation of the filtration to the conventional wastewater treatment, highly-performing membrane module design will be presented based on the formulations established in the modeling work. Scalability of the proposed design will be verified with lab-and bench-scale tests, focusing on the durability and sustainability of the filtration system under the high solids loads, emulating extreme feed conditions. This project will provide a platform technology to expand the utility of membrane for safe drinking/wastewater treatment with efficiency and economy.
Effective start/end date1/09/211/08/22


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