Selective reduction of nitrate to nitrogen gas in a biofilm-electrode reactor

Z. Feleke, K. Araki, Y. Sakakibara*, T. Watanabe, M. Kuroda

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Microbial denitrification and the occurrence of neutralization in a denitrifying biofilm-electrode reactor (BER) using an amorphous carbon anode was experimentally demonstrated. The BER was operated over one year and measurements of influent and effluent ionic species were made at different electric currents to evaluate the predominant electrochemical and biological reactions. The ionic species measured were NO3-, NO2-, SO42-, Cl-, PO43-, NH4+, K+, Ca2+ and Mg2+. The results lead to the conclusion that a highly selective reduction of nitrate is operationally possible in the present BER, hence this process is a feasible alternative for the treatment of various nitrate-contaminated water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2728-2734
Number of pages7
JournalWater Research
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Sept
Externally publishedYes


  • Biofilm-electrode reactor
  • Denitrification
  • Ground water
  • Nitrate
  • Selectivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ecological Modelling
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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