Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 38–42 | Cite as

Characteristics of adsorption and biodegradation of dissolved organic carbon in biological activated carbon pilot plant

  • Jung A Rhim


The dissolved organic carbon (DOC) properties for the influent of the BAC pilot plant have shown a 42% biodegradable fraction and a 58% non-biodegradable fraction. The biodegradable dissolved organic carbon (BDOC) was degraded entirely by biodegradation; the removal efficiency was 65–83%. The BDOC removal efficiency at empty bed contact time (EBCT) 15 minutes was larger than at EBCT 8 minutes. At increasing EBCT, a more slowly biodegradable fraction of BDOC (H2) was utilized. The non-biodegradable dissolved organic carbon (NBDOC) was removed mostly by adsorption, and the removal amount was 24–58%. Therefore, the DOC was removed by adsorption and biodegradation; the removal efficiency by biodegradation was 31%, and that by adsorption was 24%. The breakthrough behaviors of DOC and NBDOC continued to be saturated as the bed volume increased, whereas the BDOC breakthrough curves maintained a certain ratio according to the bed volume.

Key words

Biological Activated Carbon Adsorption Biodegradation Dissolved Organic Carbon Biodegradable Dissolved Organic Carbon 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Environmental ScienceCatholic University of PusanBusanKorea

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