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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538093/toxic-byproduct-formation-during-electrochemical-treatment-of-latrine-wastewater
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Justin T Jasper, Yang Yang, Michael R Hoffmann
Electrochemical systems are an attractive option for onsite latrine wastewater treatment due to their high efficiency and small footprint. While concerns remain over formation of toxic byproducts during treatment, rigorous studies examining byproduct formation are lacking. Experiments treating authentic latrine wastewater over variable treatment times, current densities, chloride concentrations, and anode materials were conducted to characterize byproducts and identify conditions that minimize their formation...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535595/enhancement-of-carbon-and-nitrogen-removal-by-helophytes-along-subsurface-water-flowpaths-receiving-treated-wastewater
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Miquel Ribot, Susana Bernal, Myrto Nikolakopoulou, Timothy N Vaessen, Joaquín Cochero, Esperança Gacia, Albert Sorolla, Alba Argerich, Francesc Sabater, Manel Isnard, Eugènia Martí
Wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluents are sources of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and inorganic nitrogen (DIN) to receiving streams, which can eventually become saturated by excess of DIN. Aquatic plants (i.e., helophytes) can modify subsurface water flowpaths as well as assimilate nutrients and enhance microbial activity in the rhizosphere, yet their ability to increase DIN transformation and removal in WWTP-influenced streams is poorly understood. We examined the influence of helophytes on DIN removal along subsurface water flowpaths and how this was associated with DOC removal and labile C availability...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535492/impact-of-substrate-concentration-on-anammox-ubf-reactors-start-up
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Yujie Qin, Bin Han, Yan Cao, Tongyu Wang
Two up-flow blanket filter (UBF) reactors were employed to treat synthetic wastewater with different substrate concentrations and nitrogen load rates (NLR) for 178days. During days 0-60, higher influent NLR of R2 (0.21-0.58kg·m(3)·d) slowed down the formation of anammox sludge compared with the lower NLR of R1 (0.18-0.31kg·m(3)·d). Difference in sludge color and nitrogen conversion rate indicated greater anammox activity of R2 than R1. During days 61-178, R1 and R2 achieved the maximum nitrogen removal rates (NRR) of 1...
May 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535481/graphene-oxide-enzyme-hybrid-nanoflowers-for-efficient-water-soluble-dye-removal
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Hui Li, Jingwei Hou, Linlin Duan, Chao Ji, Yatao Zhang, Vicki Chen
High efficient enzyme immobilization on carbon based conductive supports could provide wide applications in energy and environmental science. Here, we synthesized a 3D flower-like structured self-assembly hybrid nanocomposite with copper phosphate, laccase, graphite oxide (GO) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) via a facile one-pot strategy under mild conditions. The prepared nanocomposite exhibited very high enzyme loading and improved laccase activity. During the formation of the nanocomposite, the copper phosphate-laccase petals were interwined by CNTs, and GO nanosheets were further coated on the petal surface...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535480/ozonation-of-the-oxybenzone-octinoxate-and-octocrylene-uv-filters-reaction-kinetics-absorbance-characteristics-and-transformation-products
#5
Zachary R Hopkins, Sebastian Snowberger, Lee Blaney
UV-filters (UVFs) are active ingredients in personal care products that protect skin from exposure to UV light. Environmentally-relevant concentrations of UVFs have recently been linked to toxicity in aquatic organisms, necessitating research into improved UVF removal in water/wastewater treatment. Here, we investigated ozonation of the three most commonly employed UVFs: octinoxate (OMC), octocrylene (OC), and oxybenzone (OXY). Specific second-order rate constants for UVF reaction with ozone were identified as follows: OMC, 5...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534608/accelerating-innovation-that-enhances-resource-recovery-in-the-wastewater-sector-advancing-a-national-testbed-network
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James R Mihelcic, Zhiyong Jason Ren, Pablo K Cornejo, Aaron Fisher, A J Simon, Seth W Snyder, Qiong Zhang, Diego Rosso, Tyler M Huggins, William J Cooper, Jeff C Moeller, Robert J Rose, Brandi L Schottel, Jason Turgeon
This article examines significant challenges and opportunities to spur innovation and accelerate adoption of reliable technologies that enhance integrated resource recovery in the wastewater sector through the creation of a national testbed network. The network is a virtual entity that connects appropriate physical testing facilities, and other components needed for a testbed network, with researchers, investors, technology providers, utilities, regulators, and other stakeholders to accelerate the adoption of innovative technologies and processes that are needed for the water resource recovery facility of the future...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533063/photosynthetic-bacteria-based-membrane-bioreactor-as-post-treatment-of-an-anaerobic-membrane-bioreactor-effluent
#7
E González, O Díaz, I Ruigómez, C R de Vera, L E Rodríguez-Gómez, J Rodríguez-Sevilla, L Vera
Anaerobic membrane bioreactors have attracted increasing interest in the field of wastewater treatment. However, significant amounts of organic matter, nitrogen and sulphide in the effluent may limit its reuse. A photosynthetic bacteria-based membrane bioreactor is proposed for the further treatment of this effluent. A pilot-scale unit was run outdoor for over 900h to assess the process performance at short hydraulic retention time. After an initial biomass development, simultaneous removal of soluble organic matter and nitrogen was achieved (65% and 39%, respectively)...
May 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532975/emission-of-extensively-drug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-from-hospital-settings-to-the-natural-environment
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M Seruga Music, J Hrenovic, I Goic-Barisic, B Hunjak, D Skoric, T Ivankovic
BACKGROUND: Acinetobacter baumannii is a leading emerging pathogen that is frequently recovered from patients during hospital outbreaks. The role of environmental A. baumannii reservoirs is therefore of great concern worldwide. AIM: To investigate the connection between A. baumannii causing hospital outbreaks and environmental isolates from hospital wastewater, urban sewage and river water as the final natural recipient of wastewaters. METHODS: Clinical isolates from patients with hospital-acquired pneumonia and environmental isolates from water were collected during a two-month monitoring period...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532345/treatment-of-real-industrial-wastewaters-through-nano-tio2-and-nano-fe2o3-photocatalysis-case-study-of-mining-and-kraft-pulp-mill-effluents
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V Nogueira, I Lopes, T A P Rocha-Santos, F Gonçalves, R Pereira
Over the last few decades, high quantities of industrial wastewaters containing a wide range of organic and inorganic pollutants are being directly discharged into the environment, sometimes without proper treatment. Many of these contaminants have been described as causing significant effects on the environment, especially after cumulative discharges. In this scenario, nanotechnology has a tremendous potential, due to the unique properties of the new produced nanomaterials (NMs), such as surface area, adsorptivity and photocatalytic potential, which can improve the existing treatments or even develop new treatment solutions...
May 22, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532077/preparation-of-robust-braid-reinforced-poly-vinyl-chloride-ultrafiltration-hollow-fiber-membrane-with-antifouling-surface-and-application-to-filtration-of-activated-sludge-solution
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Zhuang Zhou, Saeid Rajabzadeh, Lifeng Fang, Taro Miyoshi, Yuriko Kakihana, Hideto Matsuyama
Braid-reinforced hollow fiber membranes with high mechanical properties and considerable antifouling surface were prepared by blending poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) with poly(vinyl chloride-co-poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate) (poly(VC-co-PEGMA)) copolymer via non-solvent induced phase separation (NIPS). The tensile strength of the braid-reinforced PVC hollow fiber membranes were significantly larger than those of previously reported various types of PVC hollow fiber membranes. The high interfacial bonding strength indicated the good compatibility between the coating materials and the surface of polyethylene terephthalate (PET)-braid...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531959/occurrence-and-removal-of-pharmaceuticals-hormones-personal-care-products-and-endocrine-disrupters-in-a-full-scale-water-reclamation-plant
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Ngoc Han Tran, Karina Yew-Hoong Gin
This study provided the first comprehensive data on the occurrence and removal of twenty-five target emerging contaminants (ECs) in a full-scale water reclamation plant (WRP) in the Southeast Asian region. Nineteen out of the twenty-five ECs were ubiquitously detected in raw influent samples. Concentrations of the detected ECs in raw influent samples ranged substantially from 44.3 to 124,966ng/L, depending upon the compound and sampling date. The elimination of ECs in full-scale conventional activated sludge (CAS) and membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems at a local WRP was evaluated and compared...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531949/wastewater-discharge-impact-on-drinking-water-sources-along-the-yangtze-river-china
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Zhuomin Wang, Dongguo Shao, Paul Westerhoff
Unplanned indirect (de facto) wastewater reuse occurs when wastewater is discharged into surface waters upstream of potable drinking water treatment plant intakes. This paper aims to predict percentages and trends of de facto reuse throughout the Yangtze River watershed in order to understand the relative contribution of wastewater discharges into the river and its tributaries towards averting water scarcity concerns. The Yangtze River is the third longest in the world and supports more than 1/15 of the world's population, yet the importance of wastewater on the river remains ill-defined...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531861/greenhouse-gases-from-membrane-bioreactors-mathematical-modelling-sensitivity-and-uncertainty-analysis
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Giorgio Mannina, Alida Cosenza, George A Ekama
In this study a new mathematical model to quantify greenhouse gas emissions (namely, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide) from membrane bioreactors (MBRs) is presented. The model has been adopted to predict the key processes of a pilot plant with pre-denitrification MBR scheme, filled with domestic and saline wastewater. The model was calibrated by adopting an advanced protocol based on an extensive dataset. In terms of nitrous oxide, the results show that an important role is played by the half saturation coefficients related to nitrogen removal processes and the model factors affecting the oxygen transfer rate in the aerobic and MBR tanks...
May 6, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531850/in-situ-injection-of-potassium-hydroxide-into-briquetted-wheat-straw-and-meadow-grass-effect-on-biomethane-production
#14
Lu Feng, Veronica Moset, Wanwu Li, Chang Chen, Henrik Bjarne Møller
Alkaline pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass has been intensively investigated but heavy water usage and environmental pollution from wastewater limits its industrial application. This study presents a pretreatment technique by in-situ injection of potassium hydroxide concentrations ranging from 0.8% to 10% (w/w) into the briquetting process of wheat straw and meadow grass. Results show that the biomethane yield and hydrolysis rate was improved significantly with a higher impact on wheat straw compared to meadow grass...
May 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531792/an-evaluation-of-the-sustainability-of-onsite-wastewater-treatment-systems-for-nutrient-management
#15
Nancy Diaz-Elsayed, Xiaofan Xu, Maraida Balaguer-Barbosa, Qiong Zhang
The impairment of water bodies from nutrient pollution is a challenging environmental problem that could lead to high eutrophic conditions, fish kills, and human illness, while negatively impacting industries that rely on thriving water bodies. Onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTSs) are a major source of nutrients, however no prior studies have conducted a holistic sustainability assessment of OWTSs that considers their ability to manage nutrients at the household-level in the United States. The aim of this study is therefore to evaluate the environmental and economic impacts of conventional and advanced OWTSs with respect to their ability to remove total nitrogen (TN)...
May 5, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531555/microbial-detoxification-of-carvedilol-a-%C3%AE-adrenergic-antagonist-by-the-filamentous-fungus-cunninghamella-echinulata
#16
Katarzyna Zawadzka, Przemysław Bernat, Aleksandra Felczak, Katarzyna Lisowska
Beta adrenergic antagonists like carvedilol are typical environmental pollutants detected in wastewater and surface water. Human metabolism of carvedilol is well investigated, while its environmental fates are still unknown. In recent years, there have been appearing reports on high toxicity of β-blockers toward aquatic organisms. In this paper the ability of the filamentous fungus C. echinulata to eliminate the β-blocker has been described for the first time. An 83% loss of carvedilol was observed after 120 h incubation of the tested fungus with the compound, where hydroxylated carvedilol metabolites were identified as the major biotransformation products...
May 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530272/bio-inspired-ni-2-polyphenol-hydrophilic-network-to-achieve-unconventional-high-flux-nanofiltration-membranes-for-environmental-remediation
#17
Fangjie You, Yanchao Xu, Xiaobin Yang, Yanqiu Zhang, Lu Shao
A novel Ni(2+)-polyphenol network was designed as an excellent bio-coating by a one-step strategy to obtain nanofiltration membranes, possessing unconventional high water flux up to 56.1 L m(-2) h(-1) bar(-1) with rose bengal (RB) rejection above 95%. This study provides a facile approach to prepare highly-efficient nanofiltration membranes for wastewater remediation.
May 22, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530199/synthesis-of-ag-nps-impregnated-cellulose-composite-material-its-possible-role-in-wound-healing-and-photocatalysis
#18
Attarad Ali, Ihsan Ul Haq, Javeed Akhtar, Muhammad Sher, Naveed Ahmed, Muhammad Zia
Cellulose is the natural biopolymer normally used as supporting agent with enhanced applicability and properties. In present study, cellulose isolated from citrus waste is used for silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) impregnation by a simple and reproducible method. The Ag-NPs fabricated cellulose (Ag-Cel) was characterised by powder X-rays diffraction, Fortier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The thermal stability was studied by thermo-gravimetric analysis. The antibacterial activity performed by disc diffusion assay reveals good zone of inhibition against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli by Ag-Cel as compared Ag-NPs...
June 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530182/green-synthesis-of-highly-stable-carbon-nanodots-and-their-photocatalytic-performance
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Rashmi Mahajan, Akhshay Singh Bhadwal, Nishant Kumar, Mukil Madhusudanan, Ramesh Namdeo Pudake, Ravi Mani Tripathi
The present study reports a novel, facile, biosynthesis route for the synthesis of carbon nanodots (CDs) with an approximate quantum yield of 38.5%, using Musk melon extract as a naturally derived-precursor material. The synthesis of CDs was established by using ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, Dynamic light scattering, photoluminescence spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The as-prepared CDs possess an eminent fluorescence under UV-light (λex = 365 nm)...
June 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529051/ultrasound-assisted-biogas-production-from-co-digestion-of-wastewater-sludges-and-agricultural-wastes-comparison-with-microwave-pre-treatment
#20
B Aylin Alagöz, Orhan Yenigün, Ayşen Erdinçler
This study investigates the effect of ultrasonication and microwave sludge disintegration/pre-treatment techniques on the anaerobic co-digestion efficiency of wastewater sludges with olive and grape pomaces. The effects of both co-digestion and sludge pre-treatment techniques were evaluated in terms of the organic removal efficiency and the biogas production. The "co-digestion" of wastewater sludge with both types of pomaces was revealed to be a much more efficient way for the biogas production compared to the single (mono) sludge digestion...
May 11, 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
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