Enhancing aerobic granulation for biological nutrient removal from domestic wastewater

M. Coma, M. Verawaty, M. Pijuan, Z. Yuan, P. L. Bond

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This study focuses on the enhancement of aerobic granulation and biological nutrient removal maintenance treating domestic wastewater. Two sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) were inoculated with either only floccular sludge (100%-floc SBR) or supplemented with 10% crushed granules (90%-floc SBR). Granules developed in both reactors. The 100%-floc SBR achieved 75% of nitrogen and 93% of phosphorus removal at the end of the performance, but some floccular sludge remained in the system. The 90%-floc SBR became fully granulated and finished with 84% and 99% of nitrogen and phosphorus removal, respectively. Regarding biological phosphorus removal, nitrite was identified as an inhibitor of the process. Nitrite levels lower than 5mgN-NO2-L -1 were used for anoxic phosphate uptake while higher concentrations inhibited the process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-108
Number of pages8
JournalBioresource Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


  • Aerobic granular sludge
  • Biological nutrient removal
  • Domestic wastewater
  • Nitrite inhibition
  • Seed sludge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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