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Bioresour Technol. 2013 Jul;139:87-93. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2013.04.037. Epub 2013 Apr 19.

Biodegradation of tetrahydrofuran by Pseudomonas oleovorans DT4 immobilized in calcium alginate beads impregnated with activated carbon fiber: mass transfer effect and continuous treatment.

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College of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310032, China.


A novel entrapment matrix, calcium alginate (CA) coupled with activated carbon fiber (ACF), was prepared to immobilize Pseudomonas oleovorans DT4 for degrading tetrahydrofuran (THF). The addition of 1.5% ACF increased the adsorption capacity of the immobilized bead, thus resulting in an enhanced average removal rate of 30.3mg/(Lh). The synergism between adsorption and biodegradation was observed in the hybrid CA-ACF beads instead of in the system comprising CA beads and freely suspended ACF. The effective diffusion coefficient of the CA-ACF bead was not significantly affected by bead size, but the bead's value of 1.14×10(-6)cm(2)/s (for the bead diameter of 0.4 cm) was larger than that of the CA bead by almost one order of magnitude based on the intraparticle diffusion-reaction kinetics analysis. Continuous treatment of the THF-containing wastewater was succeeded by CA-ACF immobilized cells in a packed-bed reactor for 54 d with a >90% removal efficiency.

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