Kyung-Min Yeon

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Bacteria regulate specific group behaviors such as biofilm formation in response to population density using small signal molecules called autoinducers (quorum sensing, QS). In this study, the concept of bacterial QS was applied to membrane bioreactors (MBRs) for advanced wastewater treatment as a new biofouling control paradigm. The research was conducted(More)
Quorum quenching, enzymatic quenching of bacterial quorum sensing, has recently proven its potential as a novel approach of biofouling control in the membrane bioreactor (MBR) for advanced wastewater treatment. However, the short catalytic lifetime and difficulty in recovering free enzyme hamper the successful application of the quorum quenching technique(More)
Subcritical flux operation is widely practiced in membrane bioreactors (MBRs) to avoid severe membrane fouling and, thus, to maintain sustainable permeability. Filtration at a constant subcritical flux, however, usually leads to a two-stage increase in the transmembrane pressure (TMP): initially slowly, then abruptly. We have investigated the mechanism of(More)
Recently, enzymatic quorum quenching has proven its potential as an innovative approach for biofouling control in the membrane bioreactor (MBR) for advanced wastewater treatment. However, practical issues on the cost and stability of enzymes are yet to be solved, which requires more effective quorum quenching methods. In this study, a novel quorum quenching(More)
Recently, interspecies quorum quenching by bacterial cells encapsulated in a vessel was described and shown to be efficient and economically feasible for biofouling control in membrane bioreactors (MBRs). In this study, free-moving beads entrapped with quorum quenching bacteria were applied to the inhibition of biofouling in a MBR. Cell entrapping beads(More)
Quorum quenching (QQ) with a microbial vessel has recently been reported as an economically feasible biofouling control platform in a membrane bioreactor (MBR) for wastewater treatment. In this study, a quorum quenching MBR with a ceramic microbial vessel (CMV) was designed to overcome the extremely low F/M ratio inside a microbial vessel. The CMV was(More)
In this study, hydrodynamics and physiology of microorganisms were investigated in a new type membrane bioreactor, MHCR, which is a membrane coupled HCR (High performance Compact Reactor) having very high COD removal efficiency. The degree of interference caused by inserting a submerged membrane was evaluated quantitatively by measuring the air suction rate(More)
Hollow fiber membranes have been widely employed for water and wastewater treatments. Nevertheless, understanding the filtration characteristics of hollow fiber membranes is complicated by the axial distributions of transmembrane pressure (TMP) and flux, which are key factors for both fouling control and module design. In this study, model equations to(More)
Two membrane bioreactors were operated at aerobic (DO=6.0mg/L) and anoxic (DO<0.3mg/L) conditions for the treatment of synthetic dye wastewater to determine the effect of dissolved oxygen on membrane filterability. The rate of membrane fouling for the anoxic MBR was five times faster than that for the aerobic MBR. Differences in the nature of the biofilm(More)
This study examined the potential and limitations of a new submerged membrane system coupled with a High-performance Compact Reactor (HCR) to take advantages of both systems. The configuration and installation position in the HCR of the membrane module were thoroughly investigated for the optimum design of a submerged membrane coupled with HCR, e.g., MHCR.(More)