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Waste water carbon

Dagang Song, Kaiwen Pan, Akash Tariq, Azizullah Azizullah, Feng Sun, Zilong Li, Qinli Xiong
Environmental pollution with heavy metals is a serious issue worldwide posing threats to humans, animals and plants and to the stability of overall ecosystem. Chromium (Cr) is one of most hazardous heavy metals with a high carcinogenic and recalcitrant nature. Aim of the present study was to select low-cost biosorbent using wheat straw and Eupatorium adenophorum through simple carbonization process, capable of removing Cr (VI) efficiently from wastewater. From studied plants a low cost adsorbent was prepared for removing Cr (VI) from aqueous solution following very simple carbonization method excluding activation process...
2016: PloS One
Yuan Zhong, Zhiguo Liu, Christine Isaguirre, Yan Liu, Wei Liao
BACKGROUND: Anaerobic digestate is the effluent from anaerobic digestion of organic wastes. It contains a significant amount of nutrients and lignocellulosic materials, even though anaerobic digestion consumed a large portion of organic matters in the wastes. Utilizing the nutrients and lignocellulosic materials in the digestate is critical to significantly improve efficiency of anaerobic digestion technology and generate value-added chemical and fuel products from the organic wastes...
2016: Biotechnology for Biofuels
John F Allen
Stromatolites are solid, laminar structures of biological origin. Living examples are sparsely distributed and formed by cyanobacteria, which are oxygenic phototrophs. However, stromatolites were abundant between 3.4 and 2.4 Gyr, prior to the advent of cyanobacteria and oxygenic photosynthesis. Here I propose that many Archaean stromatolites were seeded at points of efflux of hydrogen sulfide from hydrothermal fields into shallow water, while their laminar composition arose from alternating modes of strictly anoxygenic photosynthetic metabolism...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
H Jayasantha Kumari, P Krishnamoorthy, T K Arumugam, S Radhakrishnan, D Vasudevan
A composite of Typha latifolia activated carbon (TLAC) (a novel, low cost absorbent) and chitosan (TLAC/Chitosan composite) was prepared. The composite was characterised using IR spectra, XRD, FESEM and Pore size studies. Its effectivity was tested for the removal of crystal violet dye from aqueous solutions. The effect of pH, dose rate and initial dye concentration was evaluated. The adsorption isotherm, kinetics and thermodynamic parameters were studied. Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models were found fit effectively for the dye adsorption data in the present study...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Radisti A Praptiwi, Carlos J Pestana, Emma T Sawade, Nick Swain, Gretchen Schroeder, Gayle Newcombe
A bloom of the non-toxic cyanobacterium Romeria elegans in waste stabilisation ponds within Angaston waste water treatment plant (WWTP) has posed an unprecedented treatment challenge for the local water utility. The water from the stabilisation ponds is chlorinated for safety prior to reuse on nearby farmland. Cyanobacteria concentrations of approximately 1.2×10(6) cells mL(-1) increased the chlorine demand dramatically. Operators continuously increased the disinfectant dose up to 50 mg L(-1) to achieve operational guideline values for combined chlorine (0...
November 21, 2016: Environmental Technology
E Pons-Branchu, M Roy-Barman, L Jean-Soro, A Guillerme, P Branchu, M Fernandez, E Dumont, E Douville, J L Michelot, A M Phillips
Speleothem-like deposits that develop underground in urban areas are an archive of the environmental impact of anthropic activities that has been little studied so far. In this paper, the sulfate content in shallow groundwater from northern Paris (France) is compared with the sulfur content in two 300-year-old urban carbonate deposits that grew in a historical underground aqueduct. The present-day waters of the aqueduct have very high sulfur and calcium contents, suggesting pollution from gypsum dissolution...
November 17, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Keke Xiao, Yun Chen, Xie Jiang, Qin Yang, Wan Yi Seow, Wenyu Zhu, Yan Zhou
The mechanism of Fe (II) - oxone conditioning to improve sludge dewaterability was investigated in this study. Five different types of sludge were tested, including raw sludge (Group 1: mixed primary and secondary sludge, waste activated sludge and anaerobic digested sludge) and pretreated sludge with prior solubilisation (Group 2: ultrasonic or thermal pretreated sludge). After Fe (II) - oxone conditioning, the concentrations of dissolved organic carbon, protein and polysaccharide of soluble extracellular polymeric substances (SB EPS) increased for Group 1, but decreased for Group 2...
November 10, 2016: Water Research
Andrius Tamošiūnas, Pranas Valatkevičius, Dovilė Gimžauskaitė, Mejdi Jeguirim, Vladas Mėčius, Mindaugas Aikas
Glycerol, considered as a waste feedstock resulting from biodiesel production, has received much attention in recent years due to its properties, which offer to recover energy. The aim of this study was to investigate the use of a thermal water vapor plasma for waste (crude) glycerol conversion to synthesis gas, or syngas (H2 + CO). In parallel of crude glycerol, a pure glycerol (99.5%) was used as a reference material in order to compare the concentrations of the formed product gas. A direct current (DC) arc plasma torch stabilized by a mixture of argon/water vapor was utilized for the effective glycerol conversion to hydrogen-rich synthesis gas...
November 17, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Patrick O Welsh, Cynthia A Paszkowski, Keith B Tierney
In northern urban areas, wastewater treatment ponds (WWTPs) may provide a thermal refuge during winter (~10°C) that is used by normally migratory mallards (Anas platyrhynchos). On the ponds, mallards may experience stress due to crowding, or through the ingestion of WWTP water, be exposed to a diverse array of synthetic chemicals, which may have adverse health effects. Photographic sampling was used to assess mallard sex ratios and behavioural patterns throughout the late winter on wastewater ponds in Edmonton, Canada...
November 8, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Takashi Tomiyasu, Hitoshi Kodamatani, Yuriko Kono Hamada, Akito Matsuyama, Ryusuke Imura, Yoko Taniguchi, Nuril Hidayati, Joeni Setijo Rahajoe
This study investigates the distribution of total mercury (T-Hg) and methylmercury (MeHg) in the soil and water around the artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) area along the Cikaniki River, West Java, Indonesia. The concentration of T-Hg and MeHg in the forest soil ranged from 0.07 to 16.7 mg kg(-1) and from <0.07 to 2.0 μg kg(-1), respectively, whereas it ranged from 0.40 to 24.9 mg kg(-1) and from <0.07 to 56.3 μg kg(-1), respectively, in the paddy field soil. In the vertical variation of the T-Hg of forest soil, the highest values were observed at the soil surface, and these values were found to decrease with increasing depth...
November 9, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Xuewei Li, Zhiwu Lei, Jun Qu, Zhao Li, Xiaowen Zhou, Qiwu Zhang
The goal of this study is aimed to develop a novel process to recycle the ferrous sulfate, the by-product of titanium dioxide industry. Zinc sulfate was added in the process of milling ferrous sulfate with calcium carbonate (CaCO3). The sulfates were transformed into carbonates to serve as slow-release fertilizers by co-grinding the starting materials of FeSO4·7H2O, ZnSO4·7H2O, and CaCO3 with small amounts of water in a planetary ball mill. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and quantitative measurements of the soluble ratios in water and 2% citric acid solution...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Massimo Raboni, Paolo Viotti
Groundwater pollution by municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill leachate is a global concern. Stripping towers are one of the most implemented techniques for the removal of ammonia pollution. This study presents a predictive computational model to estimate calcium carbonate precipitation in ammonia stripping towers. The model considers the Ca(2+) super-saturation condition due to the water pH, temperature and salinity. The results have been validated through experimental data obtained from a plant fed with MSW landfill leachate-polluted groundwater...
November 2, 2016: Waste Management
Xiaoyun Xu, Da Xuan Huang, Ling Zhao, Yue Kan, Xinde Cao
Biochar is rich in both organic carbon and inorganic components. Extensive work has attributed the high sorption ability of biochar to the pore structure and surface chemical property related to its organic carbon fraction. In this study, three biochars derived from dairy manure (DM-biochar), sewage sludge (SS-biochar), and rice husk (RH-biochar), respectively were evaluated for their SO2 sorption behavior and the underlying mechanisms, especially the role of inherent inorganic constituents. The sorption capacities of SO2 by the three biochars were 8...
October 28, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Iris Zohar, James A Ippolito, Michael S Massey, Iggy M Litaor
Phosphorus capture from polluting streams and its re-use using industrial byproducts has the potential to also reduce environmental threats. An innovative approach was developed for P removal from soil leachate and dairy wastewater using Al-based water treatment residuals (Al-WTR) to create an organic-Al-WTR composite (Al/O-WTR), potentially capable of serving as a P fertilizer source. Al-WTR was mixed with either soil leachate, or with dairy wastewater, both of which contained elevated P concentrations (e...
October 24, 2016: Chemosphere
Mauro Serafini, Elisabetta Toti
The obesity burden, with 1.5 billion overweight (OW) and 500 million obese (OB) worldwide, significantly increased the risk of degenerative diseases. Excessive consumption of foods that are energy dense lead to obesity, which represents a titanic cost for not only the world's health systems but also a substantial ecological cost to the environment. The waste of resources and the unnecessary green house gas emissions (GHGs) emission, due to "obesigen" consumption of foods, have been ignored so far in practical assessments of ecological impacts...
2016: Frontiers in Nutrition
Sonia Bahrani, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Mohammad Javad Khoshnood Mansoorkhani, Arash Asfaram, Ali Akbar Bazrafshan, Mihir Kumar Purkait
The present research focus on designing an appropriate dispersive solid-phase microextraction (UA-DSPME) for preconcentration and determination of Eriochrome Cyanine R (ECR) in aqueous solutions with aid of sonication using lead (II) dioxide nanoparticles loaded on activated carbon (PbO-NPs-AC). This material was fully identified with XRD and SEM. Influence of pH, amounts of sorbent, type and volume of eluent, and sonication time on response properties were investigated and optimized by central composite design (CCD) combined with surface response methodology using STATISTICA...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Ahmad Reza Bagheri, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Arash Asfaram, Ali Akbar Bazrafshan, Ramin Jannesar
The present study the ultrasound assisted adsorption of dyes in single system onto Fe3O4 magnetite nanoparticles loaded on activated carbon (Fe3O4-MNPs-AC) was described following characterization and identification of this adsorbent by conventional techniques likes field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, particle-size distribution, X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. A central composite design in conjunction with a response surface methodology according to f-test and t-test for recognition and judgment about significant term led to construction of quadratic model which represent relation among responses and effective terms...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
J W Chung, M Breulmann, A Clemens, C Fühner, J W Foppen, P N L Lens
Hydrothermal carbonization technology can convert fecal waste into a valuable carbonaceous product referred to as hydrochar. We investigated the potential of fecal waste-derived hydrochar as an adsorbent for virus removal in water treatment. Swine feces was hydrothermally treated under two conditions: at 180 °C for 2 h and 230 °C for 7 h. The resulting solid products (hydrochar) were evaluated as virus adsorbents in water treatment. Simultaneous removal of pathogenic rotavirus (RV) and human adenovirus (HAdV) was investigated using a sand column set-up of 10 cm bed height with and without hydrochar supplement (1...
October 2016: Journal of Water and Health
Lukas C Buelens, Vladimir V Galvita, Hilde Poelman, Christophe Detavernier, Guy B Marin
Efficient CO2 transformation from a waste product to carbon source for chemicals and fuels will require reaction conditions that effect its reduction. We develop a "super-dry" CH4 reforming reaction for enhanced CO production from CH4 and CO2 We used Ni/MgAl2O4 as a CH4 reforming catalyst, Fe2O3/MgAl2O4 as a solid oxygen carrier, and CaO/Al2O3 as a CO2 sorbent. The isothermal coupling of these three different processes resulted in higher CO production compared with conventional dry reforming by avoiding back reactions with water...
October 13, 2016: Science
Chido H Chihobo, Arindrajit Chowdhury, Pardon K Kuipa, David J Simbi
Pyrolysis is an attractive thermochemical conversion technology that may be utilised as a safe disposal option for acid tar waste. The kinetics of acid tar pyrolysis were investigated using thermogravimetry coupled with mass spectrometry under a nitrogen atmosphere at different heating rates of 10, 15 and 20 K min(-1) The thermogravimetric analysis shows three major reaction peaks centred around 178 °C, 258 °C, and 336 °C corresponding to the successive degradation of water soluble lower molecular mass sulphonic acids, sulphonated high molecular mass hydrocarbons, and high molecular mass hydrocarbons...
October 10, 2016: Waste Management & Research
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