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Preparation and modification of low-fouling ultrafiltration membranes for cheese whey treatment by membrane bioreactor

    Nasim Bazrafshan, Mostafa Dadashi Firouzjaei, Mark Elliott, Amitis Moradkhani, Ahmad Rahimpour

This case studied the treatment of cheese whey wastewater (CWW) from the Kalleh® dairy industry using a membrane bioreactor (MBR). The coagulation process and activated sludge sections eliminated 26% and 75% of organic matter from CWW with chemical oxygen demand (COD) of 10,000 mg/l, respectively. In the MBR, metal-organic framework (MOF)-modified PSf membranes enhanced the whole system's performance. The flux of water and CWW increased from 157 and 28 (L/m2.h) to 350 and 60 (L/m2.h), respectively, by only 2 wt% MOF concentration. The reduction of COD in the overall system was around 98.8%.

                             Type                         Experimental
                             Publication           Case Studies in Chemical and Environmental Engineering
                             Date                          December 2021
                             Links                        URL

Keywords:, Membrane bioreactor, Cheese whey wastewater treatment, Metal-organic framework
Environmental chemical engineering 
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  author={Firouzjaei, Mostafa Dadashi and Pejman, Mehdi and Gh, Mohammad Sharifian and Aktij, Sadegh Aghapour and Zolghadr, Ehsan and Rahimpour, Ahmad and Sadrzadeh, Mohtada and Shamsabadi, Ahmad Arabi and Tiraferri, Alberto and Elliott, Mark},
  journal={Separation and Purification Technology},

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