Syntrophic metabolism of phenol in the anodic degradation within a Phenol-Cr(VI) coupled microbial electrolysis cell.

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Summary of "Syntrophic metabolism of phenol in the anodic degradation within a Phenol-Cr(VI) coupled microbial electrolysis cell."

Bioelectrochemical system (BESs) has been applied to treat refractory wastewaters such as phenolic wastewater since microbial anodic oxidation driven by electroactive bacteria is believed to enhance decomposition of organic matters. Considering that most of electroactive bacteria are sensitive to phenol and cannot utilize it directly, it was assumed that fermentative bacteria and electroactive bacteria in mixed-culture BESs cooperated to degrade phenol. To clarify this assumption, a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) for phenol degradation with Cr(VI)-reduction bio-cathode was developed in this study. Results showed that phenol served as anodic electron donor was more efficient than acetate for cathodic reduction of Cr(VI) since the slow release of acetate from phenol degradation with fermentative bacteria might make full use of acetate as electron donor for anodic oxidation. The production of quorum sensing (QS) signal molecules were higher in phenolic anolyte, confirming the syntrophic metabolism among phenol-degrading bacteria and electroactive bacteria. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) test and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) indicated that phenolic anolyte and anodic sludge had higher electron transfer ability due to enhanced bio-electrochemisty processes in syntrophic metabolism.


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Name: The Science of the total environment
ISSN: 1879-1026
Pages: 137990


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