Methanogenic degradation of ozonation products of biorefractory or toxic aromatic compounds

Yi Tin Wang

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The anaerobic biodegradability and inhibition potential of ozonation products of four biorefractory aromatic compounds (o-cresol, benzenesulfonic acid, 2,5-dichlorophenol and 2,4-dinitrophenol) were evaluated in this study. The ozonation products of all four compounds tested were biodegradable to methane and the biodegradability improved with increasing dose of ozone. Early ozonation products of o-cresol and benzenesulfonic acid were more inhibitory than the initial compounds while ozonation reduced the toxicity of 2,5-dichlorophenol and 2,4-dinitrophenol. Ozonation products formed in the basic pH range were more biodegradable and were less inhibitory than those formed in the acid pH range under the same dose of ozone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-190
Number of pages6
JournalWater Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1990

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Funding Information:
Acknowledgements--The work on which this report is based was supported, in part, by the United States Department of the Interior, under the provisions of Public Law 98-242, as Project Number 87-03. The author wishes to thank Pin-Chieh Pai and James L. Latchaw for conducting the laboratory work.


  • acetate
  • aromatics
  • biodegradability
  • inhibition
  • methane
  • ozonation
  • phenol
  • toxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ecological Modeling
  • Pollution
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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