Applications of membrane bioreactors in biotechnology processes

Muhammad B. Asif, Faisal I. Hai, Veeriah Jegatheesan, William E. Price, Long D. Nghiem, Kazuo Yamamoto

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Membrane technology has a wide range of applications in upstream and downstream bioprocessing of industrial products. Due to the increased interest in the development of continuous bioprocessing units, bioreactors coupled to membrane separation processes have been extensively assessed in the last decade, showing incredible potential for its application in food and pharmaceutical industries as well as energy production and environmental remediation. In this chapter, applications of membrane bioreactors (MBRs) in biotechnology processes are reviewed. Moreover, removal of recalcitrant pollutants (e.g., trace organic contaminants) by MBRs is critically analyzed. Bottlenecks affecting the scale-up of MBRs in biotechnology processes are identified and discussed.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCurrent Trends and Future Developments on (Bio-) Membranes: Membrane Processes in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnological Field
Number of pages35
ISBN (Print)9780128136065
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


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