A review of anaerobic digestion bio-kinetics

  • Esmat MalekiEmail author
  • Alnour Bokhary
  • B. Q. Liao
Review Paper


Anaerobic digestion is the key to sustainable wastewater management and bioenergy production. Kinetics plays an important role in the design of bioreactors, processes, and process scale-up in anaerobic digestion. This article focuses on a state-of-the-art literature review on the experimental kinetic studies of conventional anaerobic bioreactors and anaerobic membrane bioreactors. Various kinetic models that were used to fit the experimental data and derive the kinetic parameters are summarized and discussed in the literature. The values of the maximum specific growth rate µmax, half saturation constant Ks, decay co-efficient kd, sludge yield Y, and methane yield YCH4 from experimental studies are summarized for each model. This paper can serve as an updated comprehensive source of anaerobic bio-kinetic studies and digester design.


Anaerobic digestion Biokinetics Anaerobic digesters Anaerobic membrane bioreactor Biokinetic model 



The authors thank the financial support of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

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  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringLakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Natural Resources ManagementLakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada

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