Treatability of sulfamerazine in sequential upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASB)/completely stirred tank reactor (CSTR) processes

SPONZA D. T., Demirden P.

SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY, vol.56, no.1, pp.108-117, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.seppur.2006.07.013
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.108-117
  • Keywords: pharmaceutical wastewater, sequential anaerobic plus aerobic treatment, antibiotic, sulfamerazine, PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE-WATER, AZO DYES, ANTIBIOTICS, DIGESTION, BIODEGRADATION, PERFORMANCE, OXIDATION, FATE, COD
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The treatability of pharmaceutical industry wastewater bearing the antibiotic sulfamerazine in the lab-scale continuously feed upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor/continuously stirred tank reactor (CSTR) system was investigated in order to determine the changes in the characterization on composition of the wastewater during biotreatment. The BOD5/COD ratio was determined to assess the approximate biodegradability. When the initial sulfamerazine concentration was 10 mg/l the methane percentage reached around 76% while it was measured at 60% at a sulfamerazine concentration of 90 mg/l. The total (overall) COD removal efficiency of the sequential UASB + CSTR treatment system was determined as 97%. The results of this study indicated that the system exhibited a good removal performance for sulfamerazine. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.