7. Membrane Bioreactors

  1. Christian Kennes and
  2. María C. Veiga
  1. Raquel Lebrero1,
  2. Raúl Muñoz1,
  3. Amit Kumar2 and
  4. Herman van Langenhove2

Published Online: 13 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118523360.ch7

Air Pollution Prevention and Control: Bioreactors and Bioenergy

Air Pollution Prevention and Control: Bioreactors and Bioenergy

How to Cite

Lebrero, R., Muñoz, R., Kumar, A. and van Langenhove, H. (2013) Membrane Bioreactors, in Air Pollution Prevention and Control: Bioreactors and Bioenergy (eds C. Kennes and M. C. Veiga), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118523360.ch7

Editor Information

  1. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of La Coruña, Spain

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology, Valladolid University, Valladolid, Spain

  2. 2

    Department of Sustainable Organic Chemistry and Technology, Gent University, Belgium

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 19 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119943310

Online ISBN: 9781118523360



  • Membrane;
  • bioreactor;
  • waste gas;
  • volatile organic compounds;
  • odours


In the chapter on “Membrane Bioreactors for Waste Gas Treatment” an overview of recent progress in this field is given. In contrast with waste water treatment, membrane systems for waste gas treatment are still in the exploratory stage, although advantages are obvious: in membrane systems the air and aqueous phase are separated, which allows better performance for hydrophobic compounds. The bottleneck, however, is the scaling up of the system. In this chapter the basics of membrane permeation; reactor configuration; results of lab and pilot scale membrane waste gas treatment studies; microbiological aspects and modeling are discussed and future perspectives are presented.