Meng-Lin Zhang

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A rapid quantification method, based on Fourier transform near-infrared (FT-NIR) spectroscopy, was developed and validated to nondestructively quantify the concentrations of volatile fatty acids and ethanol in the effluent of an anaerobic H(2)-producing bioreactor. The first-derivative spectra calculated by a simple numerical difference, combined with the(More)
Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) of sludge play an important role in the adsorption of organic pollutants in wastewater biological treatments. Experiments were conducted to characterize the adsorption properties of EPS extracted from aerobic sludge (AE-EPS) and anaerobic sludge (AN-EPS) using a dye-probing method in this study. A model cationic dye,(More)
A simple and sensitive method was developed for the determination of low-concentration proteins and carbohydrates in the effluents from biological wastewater treatment reactors using resonance light-scattering (RLS) technique. Two ionic dyes, Congo red and Neutral red were, respectively used as an RLS probes for the determination of proteins and(More)
Humic substances (HS) are ubiquitous in natural waters. Due to their plentiful binding sites, HS play an important role in the mobilization and transport of pollutants in natural environments. However, the presence state of HS causes difficulty in exploring the interactions between HS and pollutants in aqueous solutions. In this study, an effective and(More)
A near-infrared-reflectance (NIR) spectroscopy-based method is established to determine the main components of aquatic plants as well as their anaerobic rumen biodegradability. The developed method is more rapid and accurate compared to the conventional chemical analysis and biodegradability tests. Moisture, volatile solid, Klason lignin and ash in entire(More)
A simple and rapid method was proposed for humic substances (HS) determination at microgram levels in natural waters. This assay method is based on the binding of a dye, Toluidine Blue (TB), to HS molecules to produce a dye-HS complex, which causes a decrease in absorbance at 630 nm. This method was calibrated with HS samples with up to a concentration of(More)
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