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Welcome to the Membrane Biotechnology Laboratory at USF

Uncovering the Latest Findings

The Membrane Biotechnology Laboratory at the University of South Florida conducts research and development on physical, chemical, and biological processes to treat anthropogenic waste streams. Our expertise is membrane separation for biological process intensification.

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Research Themes


Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Technologies

Our lab works on incorporating the latest wastewater treatment technologies into decentralized treatment systems. The goal to to create more reliable treatment technologies capable of operating in the most challenging of environments.


Bioregenerative Technologies for Space Applications

Through collaboration with NASA engineers and scientists, we have developed the Organic Processor Assembly (OPA). The OPA is a waste processing system for aerospace applications and was specifically designed for carbon and nutrient cycling in deep space missions.

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Nutrient Management Strategies

Nutrients management is a challenge for decentralized treatment systems. We investigate advance nutrient management strategies such as bioelectrochemical systems, ion exchange, and other desalination approaches to remove and recover nutrients from wastewater.


Algal Treatment Technologies

We have explored the use of algal cultures for the treatment of contaminated waters. Through the incorporation of membrane separation we have developed technologies that intensify algal cultivation while maintaining pure cultures.


Infrastructure and Technology Resiliency

We have developed frameworks for exploring and assessing the resiliency and robustness of city-wide infrastructure and decentralized technologies. These design tools allow practitioners to make targeted changes to make their systems more resilient in an uncertain world.

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Thank you for your interest in our research. Get in touch with us for any questions or comments regarding our work and publications.

Membrane Biotechnology Lab
4202 E. Fowler Ave, ENG 030
Tampa, Fl 33603

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