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Water and Energy in Texas

Comparative study of biofouling in RO and MD

Our recent publication on biofilms in reverse osmosis and membrane distillation is now on the Environmental Science and Technology website. (Link) Using prefiltered water from the Long Island Sound in both of these systems, we saw significant differences in the morphology of the membrane biofilms. We also looked at the microbial communities in both of these systems. We discuss how and why biofilm formation in each of these desalination systems is different.

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