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Lin, Y., Wang, X., Wang, L., Yang, D., and Lan, H. (2022). "Effect of pH shock on the treatment of high concentration organic wastewater via a Fe0/GO-anaerobic system," BioResources 17(1), 1591-1605.

Abstract

The pH is one of the key factors affecting microbial activity in anaerobic systems. In this paper, the pH impact tolerance of Fe0/GO (zero-valent iron/graphene oxide) mediated anaerobic treatment system for high concentration organic wastewater was studied. The effects of a Fe0/GO mediated anaerobic system on wastewater treatment, degradation kinetics, and the physicochemical properties of sludge were studied at pHs of 5.5 and 8.5; the separate addition of Fe0 and GO and a blank system were used as the blank control. The results showed that the pH had adverse effects on the treatment of each system and the physicochemical characteristics of sludge. However, the Fe0/GO system under pH shock maintained a relatively high CODCr removal rate and gas production; the effluent volatile fatty acid content was the lowest, the effluent pH value deviation from the normal range was small, the degradation rate constant, and sludge concentration and flocculation performance of the mixed liquid were better than those of other systems. The recovery phase of Fe0/GO returned to normal in a relatively short time. These results showed that adding Fe0/GO to the anaerobic treatment of high concentration organic wastewater system can drastically improve the pH shock resistance of the system.


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