, Volume 28, Issue 2–3, pp 159–170 | Cite as

Nitrogen removal performance of anaerobic ammonia oxidation (ANAMMOX) in presence of organic matter

  • Weiqiang Zhu
  • Peiyu Zhang
  • Deshuang Yu
  • Huiyu Dong
  • Jin Li
Original Paper


A sequencing batch reactor (SBR) was used to test the nitrogen removal performance of anaerobic ammonium oxidation (ANAMMOX) in presence of organic matter. Mesophilic operation (30 ± 0.5 °C) was performed with influent pH 7.5. The results showed, independent of organic matter species, ANAMMOX reaction was promoted when COD was lower than 80 mg/L. However, specific ANAMMOX activity decreased with increasing organic matter content. Ammonium removal efficiency decreased to 80% when COD of sodium succinate, sodium potassium tartrate, peptone and lactose were 192.5, 210, 225 and 325 mg/L, respectively. The stoichiometry ratio resulting from different OM differed largely and R1 could be as an indicator for OM inhibition. When COD concentration was 240 mg/L, the loss of SAA resulting from lactose, peptone, sodium potassium tartrate and sodium succinate were 28, 36, 50 and 55%, respectively. Sodium succinate had the highest inhibitory effect on SAA. When ANAMMOX process was used to treat wastewater containing OM, the modified Logistic model could be employed to predict the NREmax.


Nitrogen removal Organic matter ANAMMOX Denitrification Kinetic model 



The work was financially supported by Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation (BS2015HZ007), Shandong Province Higher Educational Science and Technology Program (J15LC61) and Key Lab of Marine Bioactive Substances and Modern Analytical Technique (MBSMAT-2015-01).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Weiqiang Zhu
    • 1
  • Peiyu Zhang
    • 1
  • Deshuang Yu
    • 1
  • Huiyu Dong
    • 2
  • Jin Li
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Environmental Science and EngineeringQingdao UniversityQingdaoChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Drinking Water Science and Technology, Research Center for Eco-environmental SciencesUniversity of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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