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Bioresour Technol. 2013 Oct;145:2-9. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2013.03.115. Epub 2013 Mar 26.

Aerobic methane oxidation coupled to denitrification in a membrane biofilm reactor: treatment performance and the effect of oxygen ventilation.

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  • 1ShenZhen Key Laboratory of Water Resource Application and Environmental Pollution Control, Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, Shenzhen 518055, China. sunfeiyun1982@gmail.com


Aerobic methane-oxidation coupled to denitrification (AME-D) process was successfully achieved in a membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR). PVDF membrane was employed to supply the methane and oxygen for biofilm, which was coexistence of methanotrophs and denitrifier. With a feeding NO3(-)-N of 30 mg/L, up to 97% nitrate could be removed stably. The oxygen ventilation modes impacted the denitrification performance remarkably, resulting in different nitrate removal efficiencies and biofilm microorganism distribution. The biofilm sludge showed a high resistance to the DO inhibition, mainly due to the co-existing methanotroph being capable of utilizing oxygen perferentially within biofilm, and create an anoxic micro-environment. The denitrification of both nitrate and nitrite by biofilm sludge conformed to the Monod equation, and the maximum specific nitrate utilization rate (k) ranged from 1.55 to 1.78 NO3(-)-N/g VSS-d. The research findings should be significant to understand the considerable potential of MBfR as a bioprocess for denitrification.

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AME-D; Aerobic methane-oxidation; Biological nitrogen removal; Denitrification

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