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Bacterial film growth in adsorbent surfaces

Authors

  • G. F. Andrews,

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13210
    Current affiliation:
    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14262
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  • Chi Tien

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13210
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Abstract

Simultaneous biological and activated-carbon treatment of organic wastewaters appears promising. The effects of bacterial film growth on adsorbent particles is investigated by laboratory work and mathematical modelling. Regeneration of the adsorbent due to film growth does occur, but faster than predicted. The discrepancy reflects uncertainty about the structure of bacterial films.

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