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Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 63, Issue 1–2, pp 67–80 | Cite as

Bacterial leaching of heavy metals from sewage sludge for agricultural application

  • Denis Couillard
  • Shucai Zhu
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Abstract

Bacterial leaching of heavy metals from sewage sludge was studied to assess the potential of agricultural application of the decontaminated sludge. Experiments were conducted in both batch processes (at 28 ‡C) and continuous process (at 30 ‡C) using a culture of Thiobacillus ferrooxidans and a mixted culture of Thiobacillus ferrooxidans and Thiobacillus thiooxidans. Reagent grade ferrous sulfate, spent ferrous sulfate and pyrite were used as the energy substrates. A first order kinetic model of Cu solubilization was proposed. It was shown that the processes in the continuously stirred tank reactor (CSTR) and the air lift reactor (ALR) with 20% cell recycling were more efficient than the others for metal solubilization due to a relatively large bacterial population.

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Heavy Metal Sludge Pyrite Sewage Sludge Batch Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Denis Couillard
    • 1
  • Shucai Zhu
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS-Eau)Université du QuébecSainte-FoyCanada

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