Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 365–369 | Cite as

Thermophilic H2 production from a cellulose-containing wastewater

  • Hong Liu
  • Tong Zhang
  • Herbert H.P. Fang


Cellulose in wastewater was converted into H2 by a mixed culture in batch experiments at 55 °C with various wastewaters pH (5.5–8.5) and cellulose concentrations (10–40 g l−1). At the optimal pH of 6.5, the maximum H2 yield was 102 ml g−1 cellulose and the maximum production rate was 287 ml d−1 for each gram of volatile suspended solids (VSS). Analysis of 16S rDNA sequences showed that the cellulose-degrading mixed culture was composed of microbes closely affiliated to genus Thermoanaerobacterium.

cellulose fermentation H2 Thermoanaerobacterium wastewater 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Environmental Engineering Research, Department of Civil EngineeringThe University of Hong KongHong Kong SAR, China

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