Degradation of methanethiol in anaerobic sewers and its correlation with methanogenic activities

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Author(s)

  • Jing Sun
  • Shihu Hu
  • Keshab Raj Sharma
  • Bing-Jie Ni
  • Zhiguo Yuan

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-89
Journal / PublicationWater Research
Volume69
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Methanethiol (MT) is considered one of the predominant odorants in sewer systems. Therefore, understanding MT transformation in sewers is essential to sewer odor assessment and abatement. In this study, we investigated the degradation of MT in laboratory anaerobic sewers. Experiments were carried out in seven anaerobic sewer reactors with biofilms at different stages of development. MT degradation was found to be strongly dependent on the methanogenic activity of sewer biofilms. The MT degradation rate accelerated with the increase of methanogenic activity of sewer biofilms, resulting in MT accumulation (i.e. net production) in sewer reactors with relatively low methanogenic activities, and MT removal in reactors with higher methanogenic activities. A Monod-type kinetic expression was developed to describe MT degradation kinetics in anaerobic sewers, in which the maximum degradation rate was modeled as a function of the maximum methane production rate through a power function. It was also found that MT concentration had a linear relationship with acetate concentration, which may be used for preliminary assessment of MT presence in anaerobic sewers. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Anaerobic sewers, Methanethiol (MT), Methanogenic activity, Odor, Volatile organic sulfur compound (VOSC)

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Citation Format(s)

Degradation of methanethiol in anaerobic sewers and its correlation with methanogenic activities. / Sun, Jing; Hu, Shihu; Sharma, Keshab Raj et al.
In: Water Research, Vol. 69, 01.02.2015, p. 80-89.

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