Membrane-aerated Nitrifying Biofilms: Continuous versus Intermittent Aeration

Yunjie Ma, A. Piscedda, Barth F. Smets

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This study evaluated the process performance of a lab-scale membrane-aerated nitrifying biofilm under continuous versus intermittent aeration regimes. Effects of intermittent aeration on the competition between individual microbial communities and the emission of nitrous oxide (N2O) were specifically studied. The principle observation under continuous aeration was more efficient ammonium removal (4.3 gNH4+_N/m2/day) but also higher N2O emission (2.9% of the N loading) and minor anaerobic ammonium oxidizer (AMX) activity compared to intermittent aeration (3.1 gNH4+_N/m2/day, 0.3% of the N loading). AMX activity increased at the expense of decreasing nitrite oxidizer (NOB) activity with intermittent aeration. Dissolved oxygen and pH microprofiles under each aeration regimes revealed that the dynamic variation of pH relevant effects could be the potential causes to these different performances. A high intermittency in aeration favors the suppression of NOB with positive effects on N2O emission reduction
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event10th International Conference on Biofilm Reactors - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 9 May 201712 May 2017
Conference number: 10


Conference10th International Conference on Biofilm Reactors

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