Biotransformation and biodegradation of organic nitrogen compounds from wastewater in bio-electrochemical systems (2009–2011)
The removal of organic nitrogen-containing chemicals such as textile dyes, agro-chemicals or pharmaceuticals from wastewater is crucial for environmental and human health protection. This project will develop an energy efficient treatment process for such pollutants using novel bio-electrochemical systems, which use only low level electricity but no chemicals. The key innovation is the generation of powerful bio-electrochemical reactions that achieve fast and complete removal of organics by using electric current directly in the bio-chemical process. The simplicity and compact nature of the process make it particularly suitable for application to highly polluted, industrial waste streams.