Membrane Technologies: Design, Operation and Application in Industrial Water Treatment Systems

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Sep 23, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-0915-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 1 day on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the application and principles of operation of membrane technologies used in the removal of organic and inorganic water contaminants
  • Develop a better understanding of the mechanisms and design aspects of membrane technologies
  • Learn about the membrane-based systems that are commonly used in industrial water and wastewater treatment operations
  • Apply your knowledge of membrane technologies to water and wastewater treatment projects

This course presents the operation principles, design and application of membrane technologies in industrial water treatment systems. Topics include types and specifications of membranes, mechanisms involved in separating and removing inorganic and organic contaminants by membrane processes, components of membrane filtration systems, theory of operation of membranes, membrane fouling, prevention strategies for membrane fouling, design and performance evaluation of membrane treatment systems.

Industrial case studies related to the removal of contaminants from water and wastewater by microfiltration (MF), ultrafiltration (UF), nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) processes will be discussed during the course.

Course Outline:

  • Structure, material and configuration of membrane modules
  • Separation and contaminant removal mechanisms by membrane processes
  • Application of membrane technologies in water and wastewater treatment processes
  • Design aspects and performance evaluation of membrane treatment processes
  • Membrane scaling and fouling: causes, prevention and control strategies
  • Membrane bioreactors: application and design
  • Microfiltration, ultrafiltration and nanofiltration processes: application and design
  • Reverse osmosis processes: application and design

Who Should Attend:
Environmental Engineers • Consulting Engineers • Environmental Educators • Industrial Staff • Technicians and Technologists • Municipal Planners 

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Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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Principal aspects of membrane filtration

  • Contaminant removal mechanisms of membrane technologies
  • Types of membrane technologies used in the removal of contaminants from drinking water and wastewater
  • Characteristics of common membrane processes

Structure, material and configuration of membrane modules

  • Polymeric and ceramic membranes
  • Plate-and-frame, spiral wound, tubular and hollow-fibre membrane module configurations
  • Operating conditions of different membrane systems

Microfiltration (MF), Ultrafiltration (UF) and Nanofiltration (NF) Processes: Application and Design

  • Types of contaminants removed by MF, UF and NF processes
  • Mechanism of contaminant removal by MF, UF and NF processes
  • Design of MF, UF and NF processes in industrial water treatment operations

Reverse Osmosis (RO) Processes: Application and Design

  • Mechanism of dissolved solids removal by RO processes
  • Desalination by RO processes
  • Design of RO processes in industrial water treatment operations
  • Challenges facing the application of RO processes in industrial water treatment applications: membrane fouling, contaminant permeation, energy consumption, pre-treatment, managing treatment residuals, and membrane integrity

Design aspects and operation parameters of membrane treatment processes

  • Membrane permeability, recovery rate, rejection and concentration factor
  • Membrane area estimation
  • The flux of water through the membrane
  • Factors affecting the performance of membranes

Membrane Fouling and Scaling: Causes, Prevention and Control Strategies

  • Types of fouling: biofouling, organic fouling, inorganic scaling
  • Membrane fouling control strategies: pre-treatment, membrane cleaning, backwashing and membrane surface modification

Membrane Filtration Systems in Industrial Water Treatment Operations

  • Membrane bioreactors (MBR): application and design
  • Design and operation strategy of membrane bioreactors
  • Tertiary membrane filtration (TMF) units
  • Membrane technologies in full-cycle water remediation


Laleh Yerushalmi, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Laleh is the Chief Technology Officer of BioCAST Systems Inc. and Dagua Technologies Inc. in Montreal. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and specializes in Environmental and Biochemical Engineering.

Laleh is a professional engineer and member of l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. She is the inventor of BioCAST technologies and is currently in charge of research and development at BioCAST Systems Inc. and Dagua Technologies Inc. Laleh has more than twenty years of experience in the design, development and optimization of chemical and biological processes for wastewater treatment and site bioremediation.

She was formerly the Director of Research and Development, in charge of operation management and performance optimization of a proprietary wastewater treatment technology at Atara Corporation in Montreal. She has also been a Research Analyst at Statistics Canada, involved in environmental modelling, designing and developing methodologies for estimating environmental emissions. She was formerly a Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, responsible for designing and developing groundwater treatment technologies. Laleh teaches and supervises graduate research theses at McGill and Concordia Universities.

She has presented the results of her research at numerous conferences and has published more than a hundred articles in scientific journals.

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Fee & Credits

$695 + taxes

  • 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 7 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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