Fouling inhibition of RO membrane separation by two-stage H2O2/UV pre-oxidation for municipal wastewater reuse

Hsing Yuan Yen, Jung Shun Chen, Yowching Liaw, Jung Hua Chou

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This study evaluated the performance of combining two-stage H2O2/UV pre-oxidation with RO post-separation for the reuse of municipal wastewater. The results demonstrated that the two-stage H2O2/UV (H2O2 = 0–30 mg/L) process was more effective than the one-stage (H2O2 = 0–60 mg/L) process for mitigating RO membrane organic-fouling and bio-fouling. In thetwo-stage operation, the inactivated log reduction of microorganisms reached 4.96-logs, and the total organic carbon (TOC) was reduced from 18.0 to 2.98 mg/L. The silt density index (SDI) decreased from 9.8 to 3.9; the normalized flux decline (r) of RO separation was enhanced from 36% to 91%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-19
Number of pages9
JournalDesalination and Water Treatment
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Pollution


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