Degradation of Chlorinated Aromatic Compounds in UASB Reactors

Nina Christiansen, Hanne Vang Hendriksen, Kimmo T. Järvinen, Birgitte Kiær Ahring

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    Data on anaerobic degradation of chloroaromatic compounds in Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket Reactors (UASB-reactor) are presented and compared. Special attention is given to the metabolic pathways for degradation of chlorinated phenols by granular sludge. Results indicate that PCP can be degraded in UASB-reactors via stepwise dechlorination to phenol. Phenol will subsequently be converted to benzoate before ring cleavage. Dechlorination proceeds via different pathways dependent upon the inocula used. Results are further presented on the design of special metabolic pathways in granules which do not possess this activity using the dechlorinating organism, Desulfomonile tiedjei. Additionally, it is shown that it is possible to immobilize Dechlorosporium hafniense, a newly isolated dechlorinating anaerobe, into granular sludge, thereby introducing an ability not previously present in the granules.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalWater Science and Technology
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)249-259
    Publication statusPublished - 1995


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