Detection of the microbial activity of aerobic heterotrophic, anoxic heterotrophic and aerobic autotrophic activated sludge organisms with an electrochemical sensor
Holtmann, D.; Sell, D.
Biotechnology Letters 24(16): 1313-1318
ISSN/ISBN: 0141-5492 DOI: 10.1023/a:1019871912731
The microbial activity of aerobic heterotrophic, anoxic heterotrophic and aerobic autotrophic microorganisms in biological wastewater treatment was determined by means of an electrochemical bioactivity sensor. The development of the sensor resulted in a system which can determine the microbial activities that are relevant for effective wastewater treatment. The signals of the sensor system are proportional to the substrate degradation and it can show inhibiting effects on the biomass. The most important advantages of the system are: it is independent of O2 consumption, the three most important types of metabolic activities in wastewater technology can be measured with one sensor, furthermore the measurement is suitable for automation and it is on-line. The result is a potential for the optimization of processes based on microbial activity.