Webinar: Advances in Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors (AnMBR)

Webinar: Advances in Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors (AnMBR)

Recording for Prof. van Lier and Prof. Jefferson available here. Registered attendees can contact us for Dr Pacheco-Ruiz’s recording details.

Rescheduled from spring this year, we have the much anticipated AnMBR webinar featuring 3 top speakers from the UK and EU. Join us on Wednesday, 7th December 2022 at 13.00-15.00 to hear from experts in the field.


This fascinating session was brought to you by Chair: Dr Mark Walker, University of Hull – Chair of the EBNet Working Group on “Anaerobic Digestion”


TALK TITLE: AnMBR Fouling mitigation: potential role of flux enhancers

Prof. Jules van Lier is a full professor of “Wastewater Treatment/Environmental Engineering” at the Section Sanitary Engineering of Delft University of Technology, with a 0.2 fte posted position at UN-IHE. He received both his MSc and PhD from Wageningen University, The Netherlands, and is specialized in Anaerobic Treatment technology. He (co-)published over 300 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals and over 400 publications in conference proceedings and scientific books from 1988 onwards. His research interests comprise the development of cost-effective technologies for (waste)water treatment, recovering resources such as water, nutrients, biogas, elements from waste streams. Research projects are focused on closing water cycles in industries and sewage water recovery for irrigated agriculture.

TALK TITLE: The cold hard truth about using AnMBR for municipal sewage treatment

Professor Bruce Jefferson is a chemical engineer with a BEng and PhD from Loughborough University and joined the staff in Water Sciences, Cranfield University in 1997. He was subsequently appointed to the post of Senior Research Fellow in 2003 and the Senior Lecturer in 2006. Current posts include visiting positions at RMIT (Australia), University of New South Wales (Australia).His research interests involve understanding how the underlying process pathways can be better managed to deliver a paradigm shift in how we apply technology for sewage treatment and drinking water production. Current activities involve work on: Resource recovery; Anaerobic sewage treatment; Low energy wastewater processes for nutrient removal; NOM, algae and micropollutant control in catchments and treatment; Advanced oxidation processes.

TALK TITLE: Full-scale AnMBRs for industrial effluent treatment

Dr Santiago Pacheco-Ruiz is Director of Technology, Engineering & Innovation at BIOTHANE based in the Netherlands. He began his career in civil engineering in Mexico in 2006, obtained his doctorate from the University of Southampton, and moved to Delft to continue working with leading anaerobic technologies at Biothane in 2016.

Further reading

Want some in-depth background reading to get up-to-speed on the acronyms? Try these latest papers.

Operation of Submerged Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors at 20 °C: Effect of Solids Retention Time on Flux, Mixed Liquor Characteristics and Performance. Santiago Pacheco-Ruiz,Sonia Heaven and Charles J. Banks

Hydrolysis and Methanogenesis in UASB-AnMBR Treating Municipal Wastewater Under Psychrophilic Conditions: Importance of Reactor Configuration and Inoculum. Judit Ribera-Pi et al. In Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol., 02 November 2020 (https://doi.org/10.3389/fbioe.2020.567695)

Degradation of p-cresol, resorcinol, and phenol in anaerobic membrane bioreactors under saline conditions. Victor S.Garcia et al. In Chemical Engineering Journal. Volume 430, Part 2, 15 February 2022, 132672

Anaerobic membrane bioreactors (AnMBRs) for municipal wastewater treatment- potential benefits, constraints, and future perspectives: An updated review. Alia Aslam et al. In Science of The Total Environment. Volume 802, 1 January 2022, 149612