Anaerobic degradation of phenolic mixtures

Pin Chieh Pai, Yi Tin Wang

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In this study, the biodegradability of ten phenolic compounds over a wide range of concentrations was examined under methanogenic conditions. In addition, the concentration effects of nine substituted phenols on a phenol-enriched methanogenic culture were evaluated. Two types of batch studies, the Biochemical Methane Potential (BMP) and the Anaerobic Toxicity Assay (ATA), were conducted to determine the role of the concentration of the test compounds and the position as well as the type of functional groups involved in the methanogenic biodegradability and toxicity of these materials. Batch experiments were conducted with a wide range of concentration of test compounds for evaluating the kinetics of biodegradation and inhibition. Study results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-195
Number of pages5
JournalNational Conference on Environmental Engineering
StatePublished - 1990
EventProceedings of the 1990 Specialty Conference - Arlington, VA, USA
Duration: Jul 8 1990Jul 11 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • General Engineering


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