Valuable Products Recovery from Wastewater in Agrofood by Membrane Processes

  • Silvia Álvarez-BlancoEmail author
  • José-Antonio Mendoza-Roca
  • María-José Corbatón-Báguena
  • María-Cinta Vincent-Vela
Part of the Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technology book series (GCST)


Agrofood industry is one of the most important and dynamic industrial sectors worldwide. However, it generates large volumes of wastewaters, which contain great amounts of valuable products. Such products have a wide range of outstanding properties such as antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, or antimicrobial effects. Therefore, significant research has been focused on the development and implementation of different techniques to recover those products from the wastewaters. In the last decades, the utilization of membrane processes has grown in interest since they are considered as ‘green processes’ and have no negative impact on the valuable properties of these products. This chapter reviews the different membrane separation processes used for the separation, purification, and fractionation of valuable compounds from agrofood wastewaters. Among them, this chapter highlights the recovery of polyphenols and proteins from the fruit and vegetables, dairy and fish and meat industries.


Agrofood industry Valuable products Membrane processes Proteins Phenolic compounds 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvia Álvarez-Blanco
    • 1
    Email author
  • José-Antonio Mendoza-Roca
    • 1
  • María-José Corbatón-Báguena
    • 1
  • María-Cinta Vincent-Vela
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Nuclear EngineeringUniversitat Politècnica de ValènciaValenciaSpain

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