Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 10, pp 9806–9816 | Cite as

Monitoring key organic indoor pollutants and their elimination in a biotrickling biofilter

  • José Octavio Saucedo-Lucero
  • Sergio Revah
Research Article


A biotrickling filter was evaluated to treat the air of the interior of a bioprocess research laboratory. Initially, various solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fibers were used to identify and quantify the volatile organic pollutants and hexane, methyl isobutyl ketone, benzene, toluene, and xylene were further selected as indicators due to their prevalence and relative abundance. The system treated organic loading rates between 0.16 mgcarbon m−3 h−1 and close to 30 mgcarbon m−3 h−1 achieving removal efficiencies (RE) over 85% during 136 operational days. Respirometry experiments demonstrated that moderate acidification (below 5.0), due to microbial activity, adversely affected biofilter performance and consequently pH control was necessary to maintain performance.


Indoor VOCs Biotrickling filter Solid-phase microextraction SPME 



Saucedo-Lucero gratefully acknowledges his postdoctoral grant from CONACYT, Mexico.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Procesos y TecnologíaUniversidad Autónoma Metropolitana- CuajimalpaMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Departamento de Investigación Posgrado y Capacitación, CIATEC, Centro de Innovación Aplicada en Tecnologías CompetitivasLeonMexico

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