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Better Drinking Water Via Hybrid Membrane-Sorption Processes

EPA Grant Number: U915769
Title: Better Drinking Water Via Hybrid Membrane-Sorption Processes
Investigators: Schideman, Lance C.
Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
EPA Project Officer: Jones, Brandon
Project Period: July 1, 2000 through July 1, 2003
Project Amount: $90,749
RFA: STAR Graduate Fellowships (2000)
Research Category: Academic Fellowships , Engineering and Environmental Chemistry , Fellowship - Civil Engineering



The objectives of this research project are to illuminate the fundamental mechanisms at work in hybrid membrane-sorption processes and identify potential enhancements to make these systems work more efficiently.


The approach of the study includes the following steps: (1) identify operational parameters that optimize process performance of membrane-sorbent systems using computer simulations based on currently available mathematical process models and membrane systems; (2) prepare a bench-scale reactor and test mathematical model predictions; (3) identify mathematical model refinements to more accurately describe the process mechanisms; (4) screen and test novel adsorbents for improved process performance; (5) screen and test alternate reactor configurations for improved process performance; and (6) recommend reactor configurations and operational parameters for field-scale testing.

Expected Results:

This research project is intended to provide a better understanding of the fundamental process mechanisms and to provide insight into optimizing hybrid membrane-sorption processes, which will be a very important technology for meeting increasingly stringent and multidimensional drinking water quality goals.

Supplemental Keywords:

membrane, ultrafiltration, microfiltration, adsorption, activated carbon, ion exchange, drinking water., RFA, Scientific Discipline, Water, Health Risk Assessment, Drinking Water, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, Environmental Engineering, membrane filtration, ultrafiltration system, drinking water filtration plants, disinfection of waters, alternative drinking water disinfection, ultrafiltration membranes, drinking water contaminants, drinking water treatment, ultrafiltration, other - risk management, drinking water system

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