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Title: Current status of R&D in membrane technologies for wastewater treatment in selected Arab MENA countries
Authors: Al-Sa'ed, Rashed
Sayadi, Sami
Ghata, Adnan
Abdel-Shafy, Hussain
Schories, Gehrhardt
Oropeza, Maria
Lorenzo, Anton
Drioli, Enrico
Keywords: Membranes (Technology)
Sewage - Purification
Water - Purification - Membrane filtration
Sewage - Purification - Nutrient removal
Ultrafiltration
Issue Date: 4-May-2008
Publisher: PROMEMBRANE
Citation: Al-Sa`ed, R., Sayadi, S., Ghata, A., Abdel-Shafy, H., Schories, G., Oropeza, M., Lorenzo, A., and Drioli, E., 2008. Current status of R&D in membrane technologies for wastewater treatment in selected Arab MENA countries. Proc. Int. Symposium on Biotechnology, 4-8 May, 2008, Sfax, Tunisia.
Abstract: Membrane technology (MT) is advancing rapidly as a powerful tool to abate the looming water crisis and reduce quality degradation of water resources in the Mediterranean zone. Despite several national membrane research activities, the general trend in promotion of MT is not satisfying and requires further analysis. This article compiles and critically analyzes the current research efforts in the field of membrane technology in selected Mediterranean and North African countries (MENA). A total of 114 research papers published in peer-reviewed literature data from 1980 to 2007 and 25 lab and full-scale membrane based treatment plants in the MENA countries were used as the database for the analysis introduced in this paper. Initial results revealed few published scientific work (20% of total articles compiled), pilotscale studies on membrane bioreactors (MBRs), challenges in the membrane R&D pertinent to process design, economy, optimization, membrane material and fouling. Advancing membrane technology research has particular relevance to the decision makers in facilitating investment allocations and choosing sustainable sanitation and demonstration projects for effluent reclamation and reuse.
Description: Conference paper, later a book chapter
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11889/5274
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