Biodegradation or simple adsorption to the support material? Development of a simple, fast and low-cost technique

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Abstract

Biofilms are present in several areas and are studied in microbiology, medical sciences, biology and, of course, sanitary engineering. Biofilms are used for the treatment of municipal wastewater, and their application was even before the invention of the activated sludge process. The main objective of this work was to develop a simple, fast and low-cost technique to evaluate the nature of the first decay in the concentration of an organic compound in the presence of a solid material. Though simple, the technique developed has allowed the clarification of whether the initial concentration decay is due to adsorption to the support material or a result of biodegradation. The results show that, with two different support materials, adsorption does not take place, and the biodegradation processes are responsible for the first decay in the organic concentration. The technique used offers a fast and low-cost way of studying the existence of adsorption. Two feed concentration solutions and two different support materials were used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10085-10089
Number of pages5
JournalEnvironmental Monitoring and Assessment
Volume185
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2013

Keywords

  • Adsorption
  • Biodegradation
  • Biofilm
  • Kinetics laboratory studies
  • Rotating biological contactor

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