Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 23, Issue 20, pp 20915–20921 | Cite as

Stoichiometry evaluation of biohydrogen production from various carbohydrates

  • Mohammad Mehdi Amin
  • Bijan Bina
  • Ensiyeh Taheri
  • Ali Fatehizadeh
  • Mohammad GhasemianEmail author
Research Article


In this paper, biochemical hydrogen potential (BHP) tests were conducted to investigate H2 production from different substrate with acid-treated anaerobic digested sludge at the mesophilic range. The sludge was collected from an anaerobic digester and was subjected to sulfuric acid pretreatments at pH 3 for 24 h. The effects of substrate type (glucose, fructose, and sucrose as carbon source) were investigated in batch experiments. Results showed that substrate degradation rate for all of the substrates was up 95 % and the electron equivalent balance showed good closure for glucose and sucrose. Batch experiments showed that the maximum molar hydrogen yield with glucose, fructose, and sucrose was 3.27, 3.16, and 6.46 mol H2/mol of substrate. The maximum cumulative biohydrogen production was 1552, 1487, and 1366 mL and maximum hydrogen production rate was 308, 279, and 275 mL/h for glucose, sucrose, and fructose, respectively. The experimental results suggest that the formation of hydrogen associates with the main aqueous products, i.e., acetate butyrate.


BHP Gompertz model Stoichiometry Substrate type 



This study was supported by the Isfahan University of medical Sciences Grant No. 193043.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohammad Mehdi Amin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bijan Bina
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ensiyeh Taheri
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ali Fatehizadeh
    • 2
    • 3
  • Mohammad Ghasemian
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Environment Research Center, Research Institute for Primordial Prevention of Non-communicable DiseaseIsfahan University of Medical SciencesIsfahanIran
  2. 2.Department of Environmental Health Engineering, School of HealthIsfahan University of Medical SciencesIsfahanIran
  3. 3.Student Research Center, School of HealthIsfahan University of Medical SciencesIsfahanIran

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