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Activated sludge acclimation for hydrophobic VOC removal in a Two-Phase Partitioning Reactor.

Abstract : The effect of activated sludge acclimation on the biodegradation of toluene and dimethyldisulphide (DMDS) in the presence of a nonaqueous phase liquid, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), in a two-phase partitioning bioreactor was characterized. The influence of the presence of PDMS, at a ratio of 25% (v/v), and acclimation of activated sludge on two hydrophobic VOC biodegradation was studied. Activated sludge were acclimated to each VOC and in the presence of the non-aqueous phase liquid, namely in the emulsion of PDMS in water. Using acclimated cells, 97.9% and 108.7% improvement of the mean biodegradation rates were recorded for toluene and DMDS,respectively, if compared to the values recorded in the absence of acclimation. While and in agreement with the lower solubility in water of DMDS if compared to toluene, a most significant effect of PDMS addition on the rate of DMDS removal was recorded, 87.0% and 153.6% for toluene and DMDS, respectively. In addition and if both biomass acclimation and PDMS addition were considered, overall improvements of the removal rates were 204% and 338% for toluene and DMDS.
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Guillaume Darracq, Annabelle Couvert, Catherine Courriol, Eric Dumont, Abdeltif Amrane, et al.. Activated sludge acclimation for hydrophobic VOC removal in a Two-Phase Partitioning Reactor.. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, Springer Verlag, 2012, 223 (6), pp.3117-3124. ⟨10.1007/s11270-012-1094-8⟩. ⟨hal-00868074⟩



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