Waste and Biomass Valorization

, Volume 10, Issue 10, pp 2783–2800 | Cite as

Scenedesmus Biomass Productivity and Nutrient Removal from Wet Market Wastewater, A Bio-kinetic Study

  • Najeeha ApandiEmail author
  • Radin Maya Saphira Radin MohamedEmail author
  • Adel Al-GheethiEmail author
  • Paran Gani
  • Alfituri Ibrahim
  • Amir Hashim Mohd Kassim
Original Paper


The current study aims to investigate the production of microalgae biomass as a function for different wet market wastewater ratios (10, 25, 50, 75 and 100%) and Scenedesmus sp. initial concentrations (104, 105, 106, 107 cells/mL) through the phycoremediation process. The biomass production, total nitrogen (TN), total phosphorus (TP) and total organic compounds (TOC) were determined daily. The pseudo-first order kinetic model was used to measure the potential of Scendesmus sp. in removing nutrients while the Verhulst logistic kinetic model was used to study the growth kinetic. The study revealed that the maximum productivity of Scenedesmus sp. biomass was recorded with 106 cells/mL of the initial concentration in 50% wet market wastewater (98.54 mg/L/day), and the highest removal of TP, TN, and TOC was obtained (85, 90 and 65% respectively). Total protein and lipid contents in the biomass yield produced in the wet market wastewater were more than that in the biomass produced in the BBM (41.7 vs. 37.4 and 23.2 vs. 19.2%, respectively). The results of GC–MS confirmed detection of 44 compounds in the biomass from the wet market wastewater compared to four compounds in the BBM. These compounds have several applications in pharmaceutical and personal care products, chemical industry and antimicrobial activity. These findings indicated the applicability of wet market wastewater as a production medium for microalgae biomass.


Pseudo-first order kinetic model Verhulst logistic kinetic model Growth rate Scenedesmus sp. 



This research was funded under EScience Fund Project No. (02-01-13-SF0135) provided by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia (MOSTI).Special thanks to Dr. Hazel Monica Matias-Peralta for providing the microalgae seed and any parties involved in this project specifically Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia for providing the equipment and research facilities. This paper was also partly sponsored by the Office for Research, Innovation, Commercialization, and Consultancy Management (ORICC) under grant votU682.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Micro-Pollutant Research Centre (MPRC), Department of Water and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversiti Tun Hussein Onn MalaysiaParit Raja, Batu PahatMalaysia

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