Nitrifying activity monitoring and kinetic parameters determination in a biofilm airlift reactor by respirometry

Lorena Carvallo, Julián Carrera, ROLANDO ARTURO CHAMY MAGGI

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Abstract

The applicability of batch respirometry, as a simple technique for monitoring off-line nitrifying activity and kinetic parameters, was evaluated using two sets of ammonia and nitrite concentrations. The O2 uptake rate (OUR) profiles obtained from the assays were adjusted to a substrate inhibition model. The maximum specific ammonia-oxidizing biomass activity (rSmax) was 0.079 g N-NH4+ g VSS-1 d-1 with a half saturation coefficient (Ks) of 11 mg NNH4+ 1-1 and an inhibition coefficient (Ki) of 3300 mg N-NH4+ 1-1. Besides, the maximum specific value of nitrite-oxidizing activity was 0.082 g N-NO2- g VSS-1 d-1 with a Ks of 4.1 mg N-NO2-1-1and Ki of 1400 mg N-NO2- 1-1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2063-2066
Number of pages4
JournalBiotechnology Letters
Volume24
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2002

Keywords

  • Biofilm
  • Kinetic parameters
  • Monitoring
  • Nitrification
  • Respirometry

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