Comparative study of thermophilic and mesophilic anaerobic treatment of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) wastewater
Michael O. Daramola, Elizabeth F. Aransiola, Adeniyi G. Adeogun
DOI: 10.4236/ns.2011.35050   PDF   HTML     7,506 Downloads   15,581 Views   Citations


The paper provides a critical comparison between mesophilic and thermophilic anaerobic treatment of PTA wastewater through diagnosis of a case study. Aspects covered are bioavailability, biodegradability, microbial population, thermodynamics, kinetics involved and bio-reactor design for PTA wastewater treatment. The results of the case study suggests that one- stage thermophilic anaerobic reactor coupled with coagulation-flocculation pre-treatment unit and an aerobic post treatment unit could be techno-economically viable for PTA wastewater treatment to ensure that the final effluent quality conforms to the international standard. The in-formation emanated from this study could be useful and thought provoking to the professionals and academia in the area of PTA wastewater treatment and can serve as impetus toward the development of research lines in similar problems like the treatment of other petrochemical wastewater such as phenol-con- taining wastewater, benzene/benzoic acid-con- taining wastewater or wastewater from other similar industrial settings.

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Daramola, M. , Aransiola, E. and Adeogun, A. (2011) Comparative study of thermophilic and mesophilic anaerobic treatment of purified terephthalic acid (PTA) wastewater. Natural Science, 3, 371-378. doi: 10.4236/ns.2011.35050.

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