International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol.42, No.15, 9619-9629, 2017
Degradation and transformation of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and dissolved organic matters (DOM) during two-stage anaerobic digestion with waste sludge
Two-stage anaerobic digestion of heating pretreated waste sludge was conducted to evaluate the ability of biogas production and the changing of soluble chemical oxygen demand (SCOD), carbohydrate and protein in extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and dissolved organic matters (DOM). The changes of volatile fatty acids (VFAs) and NHt-N were analyzed. The duration of hydrogen production was 1 day and that of the methane production was 10 days. The highest hydrogen yield of 5.5 ml H-2/g VSS and methane yield of 62.1 ml CH4/g VSS were obtained. The VSS removal of two-stage anaerobic digestion was 40%. Carbohydrate was the main substrate for hydrogen production and protein in DOM was the main sources for methane production. The structural and functional properties of organics in DOM were evaluated by using three-dimensional excitation-emission matrix (3D-EEM) fluorescence spectroscopy with fluorescence regional integration (FRI) analysis. Moreover, the humification index (HIX) and the fluorescence index (FI) were used to evaluate the humification and DOM source. (C) 2017 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.