Bioresource technology

High efficiency of inorganic nitrogen removal by integrating biofilm-electrode with constructed wetland: Autotrophic denitrifying bacteria analysis.

PMID 28012375


The constructed wetland coupled with biofilm-electrode reactor (CW-BER) is a novel technology to treat wastewater with a relatively high level of total inorganic nitrogen (TIN) concentration. The main objective of this study is to investigate the effects of C/Ns, TIN concentrations, current intensities, and pH on the removal of nitrogen in CW-BER; a control system (CW) was also constructed and operated with similar influent conditions. Results indicated that the current, inorganic carbon source and hydrogen generated by the micro-electric field could significantly improve the inorganic nitrogen removal with in CW-BER, and the enhancement of average removal rate on NH3-N, NO3-N, and TIN was approximately maintained at 5-28%, 5-26%, and 3-24%, respectively. The appropriate operation conditions were I=10mA and pH=7.5 in CW-BER. In addition, high-throughput sequencing analysis implied that the CW-BER reactor has been improved with the relative abundance of autotrophic denitrifying bacteria (Thiobacillus sp.).