Silicone rubber was used as the solid non-aqueous phase of two-phase partitioning bioreactor (TPPB) for dichloromethane (DCM) removal. When the load gradually increased from 150 g m−3 h−1–485 g m−3 h−1 by increasing the gaseous DCM concentration, a steady elimination capacity (EC) of approximately 130 g m−3 h−1 was achieved in one-liquid-phase completely mixed stirred tank bioreactor (CSTB), whereas the EC of TPPB was enhanced from 155 g m−3 h−1–366 g m−3 h−1. This result indicated that DCM removal was controlled by the biological process in CSTB and by mass transfer in TPPB. Meanwhile, the biomass decreased from 534 mg l−1 to 381 mg l−1 in CSTB compared with that maintained at around 580 mg l−1 in TPPB due to the different resistance capabilities to DCM toxicity. Dehalogenase activity was maintained at a relatively high level under high DCM stress with the addition of silicon rubber. TPPB was shown to be more dependable in the overload from 120 g m−3 h−1–450 g m−3 h−1. This paper is the first to report that the crucial step in high-load pollutant removal can be converted from the biological process to mass transfer by adding solid non-aqueous phase.
- Silicone rubber
- Solid non-aqueous phase
- Two-phase partitioning bioreactor
- Waste gas
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Waste Management and Disposal