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Removal of Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) using Biofiltration

Removal of Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) using Biofiltration,Smita Raghuvanshi,B. V. Babu

Removal of Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) using Biofiltration   (Citations: 2)
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Since the early twentieth century, biological treatment processes found wide applications in wastewater, air & solid waste pollution control. The need for alternate cost effective treatment technologies led to similar biological treatment processes for waste gas streams. One such treatment technology is biofiltration. Biofiltration technology utilizes the microorganisms to biologically degrade Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and odor contained in waste air streams. In present study, the culture was developed for the removal of methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) as it causes adverse effects on health. The microbial culture obtained from Municipal Sewage Treatment Plant, Pilani was acclimatized with MEK as the carbon source in a mineral salt medium (MSM). The batch culture biodegradation of MEK was studied over a concentration range of 50-400 mg/l in 250 ml Erlenmeyer flasks. The optical density OD) of microbial culture was measured using U.V. spectrophotometer. The bio- degradation of MEK is good and validated with the literature. Keywords: Biofiltration; Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs); Optical Density; MEK.
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