Development of the next generation membrane bioreactor system

Call FP7-NMP-2009-SMALL-3
Grant Agreement No 246039
EC Grant 3,400,000 €
Project duration 01/09/2010 - 28/02/2014
Coordinator Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
Contact Jan Hoinkis (



Membrane bioreactor (MBR) technology is regarded as a key element of advanced wastewater reclamation and reuse schemes and can considerably contribute to sustainable water management. MBR technology is used for wastewater treatment and reuse in municipal, agricultural and a variety of industrial sectors in Europe and MENA.

The objective of the BioNexGen project is therefore to develop a new class of functional low fouling membranes for membrane bioreactor technology with high and constant water flux and high rejection of organic pollutants with low molecular weight. The consortium will develop a novel single step NF MBR operated with low energy consumption. Small footprint, flexible design, and automated operation make it ideal for localized, decentralized wastewater treatment and recycling in the European and MENA countries.

Successful delivery will have a major impact on the competitiveness of the SME partners in the project and the European and MENA MBR market. Furthermore it will significantly contribute to scientific and technological cooperation between European and MENA countries in the provision of safe water.



  • to develop a new class of functional low fouling membranes for membrane bioreactor technology with high water flux and high rejection of organic matter with low molecular weight
  • to conduct computer modelling of the transport processes to enhance the membrane materials optimization process
  • to conduct performance tests of the membrane materials on laboratory scale with model water in order to characterize the membranes
  • to demonstrate the viability of the membrane materials by producing prototype devices to meet specific end-user requirements
  • to demonstrate the possible application for industrial wastewater treatment and reuse through collaboration with industry in MENA countries



Organisation Country Type of institution Contact
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences Germany Research and higher education
Institute on Membrane Technology Italy Research
Swansea University UK Research and higher education
Foundation for Research and technology, Hellas Greece Research
Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum Germany
Microdyn-Nadir GmbH Germany Industry
Izmir Institute of Technology Turkey Research and higher education
Al Baath University Syria Research and higher education
Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute Egypt Research
Centre de Biotechnologie de Sfax Tunisia
Research and Development of Carbon Nanotubes S.A. Greece SME