Potentials of anaerobic membrane bioreactors to overcome treatment limitations induced by industrial wastewaters

Recep Kaan Dereli*, Mustafa Evren Ersahin, Hale Ozgun, Izzet Ozturk, David Jeison, Frank van der Zee, Jules B. van Lier

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This review presents a comprehensive summary on applications of anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) technology for industrial wastewaters in view of different aspects including treatability and filterability. AnMBRs present an attractive option for the treatment of industrial wastewaters at extreme conditions, such as high salinity, high temperature, high suspended solids concentrations, and toxicity that hamper granulation and retention of biomass or reduce the biological activity. So far, most of the research has been conducted at laboratory scale; however, also a number of full-scale AnMBR systems is currently being operated worldwide. Membrane fouling, a multivariable process, is still a research quest that requires further investigation. In fact, membrane fouling and flux decline present the most important reasons that hamper the wide-spread application of full-scale reactors. This paper addresses a detailed assessment and discussion on treatability and filterability of industrial wastewaters in both lab- and full-scale AnMBR applications, the encountered problems and future opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-170
Number of pages11
JournalBioresource Technology
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


The authors would like to express their gratitude for the Ph.D. Fellowship awards provided by TINCEL Foundation to R. Kaan Dereli, by HUYGENS Scholarship Programme to M. Evren Ersahin, by the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA) to Hale Ozgun. The authors would like to thank to Biothane Systems International for their support.

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TINCEL Foundation
Türkiye Bilimler Akademisi


    • Anaerobic membrane bioreactor
    • Anaerobic treatment
    • Fouling
    • Granulation
    • Industrial wastewaters


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