University of Surrey

Test tubes in the lab Research in the ATI Dance Research

Tube-in-tube membrane microreactor for photochemical UVC/H2O2 processes: A proof of concept

Vilar, Vitor J.P, Alfonso Muniozguren, Pello, Montiero, Joana P., Lee, Judy, Miranda, Sandra M. and Boaventura, Rui A.R (2019) Tube-in-tube membrane microreactor for photochemical UVC/H2O2 processes: A proof of concept Chemical Engineering Journal.

[img] Text
UV-C coupled tube-in-tube reactor using on-demand H2O2 injection for oxytetracycline degradation .docx - Accepted version Manuscript

Download (3MB)


This work proposes a disruptive tube-in-tube membrane microreactor for the intensification of photochemical UVC/H2O2 processes, towards contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) removal from urban wastewaters. The main novelty of this system relies on the radial addition of H2O2 through the porous membrane into the annular reaction zone, providing a more homogeneous distribution of the injected chemical across the whole reactor length. The proposed novel reactor consists of a ceramic ultrafiltration membrane inner tubing and a concentric quartz outer tubing that compose the annulus of the reactor (path length of 3.85 mm). The ultrafiltration membrane is used as a dosing system to deliver small amounts of H2O2 into the annulus of the reactor. In the annulus, where a 2 mg/L of oxytetracycline (OTC) solution flows, UVC light is provided via four mercury lamps located externally to the outer tube. The helical motion of OTC solution around the membrane shell-side enhances H2O2 radial mixing. The efficiency of the photochemical UVC/H2O2 process was evaluated as a function of the OTC flowrate, H2O2 dose, H2O2 dosage method and water matrix. OTC removal efficiencies of ~36% and ~7% were obtained for a synthetic OTC solution and an urban wastewater fortified with the same OTC concentration, using a H2O2 dose of 15.8 mg/L. Besides providing a good performance using low UVC fluence (34 mJ/cm2) and reactor residence time (4.6 s), the reactor has the advantage of an easy upscaling into a real plant by integrating multiple parallel membranes into a single shell.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Chemical and Process Engineering
Authors :
Vilar, Vitor J.P
Alfonso Muniozguren,
Montiero, Joana P.
Miranda, Sandra M.
Boaventura, Rui A.R
Date : 26 July 2019
DOI : doi.10.1016/j.cej.2019.122341
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 27 Feb 2020 11:35
Last Modified : 27 Feb 2020 11:35

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

Information about this web site

© The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.
+44 (0)1483 300800