Alex De Visscher

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Landfill gas containing methane is produced by anaerobic degradation of organic waste. Methane is a strong greenhouse gas and landfills are one of the major anthropogenic sources of atmospheric methane. Landfill methane may be oxidized by methanotrophic microorganisms in soils or waste materials utilizing oxygen that diffuses into the cover layer from the(More)
Ammonia (NH(3)) emissions from animal systems have become a primary concern for all of livestock production. The purpose of this research was to establish the relationship of nitrogen (N) emissions to specific components of swine production systems and to determine accurate NH(3) emission factors appropriate for the regional climate, geography, and(More)
Oxygen concentration plays an important role in the regulation of methane oxidation and the microbial ecology of methanotrophs. However, this effect is still poorly quantified in soil and compost ecosystems. The effect of oxygen on the formation of exopolymeric substances (EPS) is as yet unknown. We studied the effect of oxygen on the evolution of(More)
Landfill cover soils oxidize a considerable fraction of the methane produced by landfilled waste. Despite many efforts this oxidation is still poorly quantified. In order to reduce the uncertainties associated with methane oxidation in landfill cover soils, a simulation model was developed that incorporates Stefan-Maxwell diffusion, methane oxidation, and(More)
There has been a significant increase in municipal solid waste (MSW) generation in India during the last few decades and its management has become a major issue because the poor waste management practices affect the health and amenity of the cities. In the present study, various physico-chemical parameters of the MSW were analyzed to characterize the waste(More)
The kinetic model of De Visscher et al. [J. Phys. Chem. 100 (1996) 11636] for the sonochemical degradation of apolar monocyclic aromatic compounds in aqueous solution is based on a large number of assumptions, some of which have never been stated explicitly. An example is a homogeneous temperature of cavitation. The present study focuses on those "hidden(More)
The influence of ultrasound on the degradation of trichloroethylene, o-chlorophenol and 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol in some Fenton type aqueous systems was investigated. Kinetic analysis of the results revealed that the ultrasonic waves do not really enhance the reactivity of the system, but rather add their own degradation mechanism to the chemical(More)
Although most papers in the field of sonochemical degradation of volatile organics in aqueous media describe experiments at the millimolar concentration range, this study focuses on the degradation kinetics of chlorobenzene (CB) and trichloroethylene (TCE) in the micromolar range. It was found that the reaction kinetics increase with decreasing initial(More)
On the basis of the model proposed by De Visscher and Van Cleemput for methane oxidation in landfill cover soils, simulation models for biofiltration of toluene-contaminated air were performed for biofilters with or without substrate inhibition and operated at constant or varying airflow rates. The toluene oxidizing activity (V(max)) expressions of the(More)
Landfilling is one of the most common ways of municipal solid waste disposal. Degradation of organic waste produces CH(4) and other landfill gases that significantly contribute to global warming. However, before entering the atmosphere, part of the produced CH(4) can be oxidised while passing through the landfill cover. In the present study, the oxidation(More)