Volatile Fatty Acid Production from Anaerobic Digestion of Organic Residues

  • Sibel Uludag-Demirer
  • Wei Liao
  • Goksel N. DemirerEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1995)


Short chain volatile fatty acids (VFAs) from acetic acid (C2) to valeric acid (C5) are important starting chemicals for chemical industry. The production of VFAs from rejected resources (organic residues) using self-sustaining technologies has an exciting potential in supporting the US chemical industry to achieve the goal that 20% of chemicals produced in the USA will be bio-based. Acidogenic anaerobic digestion as a robust, well-established, and versatile biological technology can be applied as an alternative approach for the valorization of organic residues (municipal, agricultural, and industrial wastes) by the production of VFAs. In a typical acidogenic anaerobic digestion operation, residue type, pretreatment, reactor operation, and VFA recovery are the key factors that influence VFA production. This chapter discusses these factors and provides an experimental approach of VFA production from organic residues.

Key words

Acidogenic anaerobic digestion Organic residue Volatile fatty acids Liquid–liquid extraction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sibel Uludag-Demirer
    • 1
  • Wei Liao
    • 1
  • Goksel N. Demirer
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center (ADREC), Biosystems and Agricultural EngineeringMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Central Michigan University, School of Engineering & Technology, Mount PleasantMIUSA

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