Biofouling in capillary and spiral wound membranes facilitated by marine algal bloom

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/625879
Title:
Biofouling in capillary and spiral wound membranes facilitated by marine algal bloom
Authors:
Villacorte, L.O.; Ekowati, Y.; Calix-Ponce, H.N.; Kisielius, V.; Kleijn, J.M.; Vrouwenvelder, Johannes S. ( 0000-0003-2668-2057 ) ; Schippers, J.C.; Kennedy, M.D.
Abstract:
Algal-derived organic matter (AOM), particularly transparent exopolymer particles, has been suspected to facilitate biofilm development in membrane systems (e.g., seawater reverse osmosis). This study demonstrates the possible role of AOM on biofouling in membrane systems affected by marine algal blooms. The tendency of AOM from bloom-forming marine algae to adhere to membranes and its ability to enhance biofilm growth were measured using atomic force microscopy, flow cytometry, liquid chromatography and accelerated membrane biofouling experiments. Adhesion force measurements indicate that AOM tends to adhere to clean membranes and even more strongly to AOM-fouled membranes. Batch growth tests illustrate that the capacity of seawater to support bacterial growth can significantly increase with AOM concentration. Biofouling experiments with spiral wound and capillary membranes illustrate that when nutrients availability are not limited in the feed water, a high concentration of AOM – whether in suspension or attached to the membrane – can substantially accelerates biofouling. A significantly lower biofouling rate was observed on membranes exposed to feed water spiked only with AOM or easily biodegradable nutrients. The abovementioned findings indicate that AOM facilitates the onset of membrane biofouling primarily as a conditioning platform and to some extent as a nutrient source for biofilm-forming bacteria.
KAUST Department:
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division; Water Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)
Citation:
Villacorte LO, Ekowati Y, Calix-Ponce HN, Kisielius V, Kleijn JM, et al. (2017) Biofouling in capillary and spiral wound membranes facilitated by marine algal bloom. Desalination 424: 74–84. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2017.09.035.
Publisher:
Elsevier BV
Journal:
Desalination
Issue Date:
11-Oct-2017
DOI:
10.1016/j.desal.2017.09.035
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0011-9164
Sponsors:
This work was financially supported by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Wetsus Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology and the Water Desalination and Reuse Center at KAUST. We acknowledge the analytical/technical support of Z. Nyambi, M. Gharaibeh E. Spruijt, E.I. Prest and S. Huber. We thank the two anonymous reviewers and L.H. Kim for their constructive feedback and the members of the Wetsus research theme “Biofouling” for fruitful discussions.
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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0011916417318714
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dc.contributor.authorVillacorte, L.O.en
dc.contributor.authorEkowati, Y.en
dc.contributor.authorCalix-Ponce, H.N.en
dc.contributor.authorKisielius, V.en
dc.contributor.authorKleijn, J.M.en
dc.contributor.authorVrouwenvelder, Johannes S.en
dc.contributor.authorSchippers, J.C.en
dc.contributor.authorKennedy, M.D.en
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-17T10:39:39Z-
dc.date.available2017-10-17T10:39:39Z-
dc.date.issued2017-10-11en
dc.identifier.citationVillacorte LO, Ekowati Y, Calix-Ponce HN, Kisielius V, Kleijn JM, et al. (2017) Biofouling in capillary and spiral wound membranes facilitated by marine algal bloom. Desalination 424: 74–84. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2017.09.035.en
dc.identifier.issn0011-9164en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.desal.2017.09.035en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/625879-
dc.description.abstractAlgal-derived organic matter (AOM), particularly transparent exopolymer particles, has been suspected to facilitate biofilm development in membrane systems (e.g., seawater reverse osmosis). This study demonstrates the possible role of AOM on biofouling in membrane systems affected by marine algal blooms. The tendency of AOM from bloom-forming marine algae to adhere to membranes and its ability to enhance biofilm growth were measured using atomic force microscopy, flow cytometry, liquid chromatography and accelerated membrane biofouling experiments. Adhesion force measurements indicate that AOM tends to adhere to clean membranes and even more strongly to AOM-fouled membranes. Batch growth tests illustrate that the capacity of seawater to support bacterial growth can significantly increase with AOM concentration. Biofouling experiments with spiral wound and capillary membranes illustrate that when nutrients availability are not limited in the feed water, a high concentration of AOM – whether in suspension or attached to the membrane – can substantially accelerates biofouling. A significantly lower biofouling rate was observed on membranes exposed to feed water spiked only with AOM or easily biodegradable nutrients. The abovementioned findings indicate that AOM facilitates the onset of membrane biofouling primarily as a conditioning platform and to some extent as a nutrient source for biofilm-forming bacteria.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was financially supported by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Wetsus Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology and the Water Desalination and Reuse Center at KAUST. We acknowledge the analytical/technical support of Z. Nyambi, M. Gharaibeh E. Spruijt, E.I. Prest and S. Huber. We thank the two anonymous reviewers and L.H. Kim for their constructive feedback and the members of the Wetsus research theme “Biofouling” for fruitful discussions.en
dc.publisherElsevier BVen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0011916417318714en
dc.rightsNOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Desalination. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Desalination, [, , (2017-10-11)] DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2017.09.035 . © 2017. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectBiological foulingen
dc.subjectSeawater reverse osmosisen
dc.subjectCapillary and spiral wound membranesen
dc.subjectTransparent exopolymer particles (TEP)en
dc.subjectAlgal organic matteren
dc.titleBiofouling in capillary and spiral wound membranes facilitated by marine algal bloomen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentBiological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Divisionen
dc.contributor.departmentWater Desalination and Reuse Research Center (WDRC)en
dc.identifier.journalDesalinationen
dc.eprint.versionPost-printen
dc.contributor.institutionGrundfos Holding A/S, Poul Due Jensens Vej 7, 8850 Bjerringbro, Denmarken
dc.contributor.institutionWetsus, European Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology, Oostergoweg 9, 8911 MA Leeuwarden, The Netherlandsen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Environmental Engineering and Water Technology, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft, The Netherlandsen
dc.contributor.institutionPhysical Chemistry and Soft Matter, Wageningen University, Stippeneng 4, 6708 WE Wageningen, The Netherlandsen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Biotechnology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, Van der Maasweg 9, 2629 HZ Delft, The Netherlandsen
dc.contributor.institutionFaculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, Stevinweg 1, 2628 CN Delft, Netherlandsen
kaust.authorVrouwenvelder, Johannes S.en
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