Novel Microelectrode-Based Online System for Monitoring N2O Gas Emissions during Wastewater Treatment

Ricardo Marques, Adrian Oehmen, Maite Pijuan

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Abstract

Clark-type nitrous oxide (N2O) microelectrodes are commonly used for measuring dissolved N2O levels, but have not previously been tested for gas-phase applications, where the N2O emitted from wastewater systems can be directly quantified. In this study, N2O microelectrodes were tested and validated for online gas measurements, and assessed with respect to their temperature, gas flow, composition dependence, gas pressure, and humidity. An exponential correlation between temperature and sensor signal was found, whereas gas flow, composition, pressure, and humidity did not have any influence on the signal. Two of the sensors were tested at different N2O concentration ranges (0-422.3, 0-50, 0-10, and 0-2 ppmv N2O) and exhibited a linear response over each range. The N2O emission dynamics from two laboratory scale sequencing batch reactors performing ammonia or nitrite oxidation were also monitored using one of the microsensors and results were compared with two other analytical methods. Results show that N2O emissions were accurately described with these microelectrodes and support their application for assessing gaseous N2O emissions from wastewater treatment systems. Advantages of the sensors as compared to conventional measurement techniques include a wider quantification range of N2O fluxes, and a single measurement system that can assess both liquid and gas-phase N2O dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12816-12823
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental Science & Technology
Volume48
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2014

Keywords

  • NITROUS-OXIDE
  • NITRIC-OXIDE
  • MICROSENSOR
  • MECHANISMS
  • REMOVAL
  • OXYGEN
  • DENITRIFICATION
  • NITRIFICATION
  • TEMPERATURE
  • NITRITATION

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