Faculty Advisor

Camesano, Terri Anne

Faculty Advisor

Heilman, Destin

Center

Nancy, France

Abstract

Biofilms are used in wastewater treatment plants to degrade organic particles. This project investigates the effect of shear forces and surface structure on biofilm formation and detachment in rotating biological contactors. Biofilm formation in a photocatalytic reactor is also studied. Biofilm growth is monitored through measurements of opacity, while its efficiency is measured through ammonium, chemical oxygen demand, total organic carbon, and ion chromatography tests, as well as ultraviolet-visible and fluorescence spectroscopy.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009

Major

Chemical Engineering

Major

Biochemistry

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

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