Biodegradation of MTBE and BTEX in an aerobic fluidized bed reactor.

@article{Pruden2003BiodegradationOM,
  title={Biodegradation of MTBE and BTEX in an aerobic fluidized bed reactor.},
  author={Amy J. Pruden and Marie A. Sedran and Makram Suidan and Albert D. Venosa},
  journal={Water science and technology : a journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research},
  year={2003},
  volume={47 9},
  pages={
          123-8
        }
}
An aerobic fluidized bed reactor (FBR) was operated for the removal of methyl tert-butyl (MBE) and benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and p-xylene (BTEX) from water. The reactor was seeded with a mixed culture adapted to MTBE. Granular activated carbon (GAC) was used as the biological attachment medium. Influent MTBE to the reactor was 7.8 mg/L MTBE, with a flow rate of 22.7 L/day, and an empty bed contact time of 1 hour. The acclimation period required was relatively short, about 30 days before… CONTINUE READING

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