Removal of perchlorate and nitrate in an ion exchange membrane bioreactor

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Abstract

The ion exchange membrane bioreactor (IEBM) concept is based on the use of a non-porous ion exchange membrane, acting as a barrier between water, containing one or more target inorganic charged pollutants, and a biological compartment, containing a microbial culture able to degrade (transform) these pollutants to harmless products. In this study, the IEMB process potential for treating drinking water streams, in which ClO4- may be present as a trace ion was evaluated. The results showed that ClO4- and NO3- ions could be simultaneously transported and biologically reduced. For a model polluted stream containing 100 ppb of ClO4- and 60 ppm of NO3-, the concentrations of both ions in the treated stream dropped below the recommended levels of 18 ppb for ClO4- and 25 ppm for NO3-, which corresponded to a treated water production rate of about 30 L/(m(2)h).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM ON ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY, ESEB 2004
EditorsW. Verstraete
PublisherA A BALKEMA PUBLISHERS
Pages99-102
ISBN (Print)90-5809-653-X
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventEuropean Symposium on Environmental Biotechnology - Oostende, Belgium
Duration: 25 Apr 200428 Apr 2004

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Symposium on Environmental Biotechnology
CountryBelgium
CityOostende
Period25/04/0428/04/04

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