Inderscience Publishers

Emerging technologies, integration with proven processes, and the challenges they represent

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This paper will focus on integration of a new, emerging technology with the old, proven methods to affect a hybrid process. By doing so, the net effect is often a cost-effective compromise and a relatively painless solution to otherwise difficult problems. The concept is simple, but mixing the new with the old is not without risks. We shall also examine the pitfalls of bringing a metal recovery process to full-scale implementation before the intricacies and nuances of the process chemistry are well enough understood.

Keywords: technology integration, bio-fouling, microfiltration membrane, membrane bioreactors, flatplate membrane, hollow fibre membrane, gallium arsenide, metal recovery, high speed centrifuge, shrinking particle model, mass transfer coefficients, gallium recovery

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