Biosorption of Hydrophobic Organic Pollutants
* Department of Biochemical Technology, Faculty of Chemical Technology, Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, ** Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dacota, USA
Hydrophobic organic chemicals are hazardous pollutants because of their toxicity and a strong tendency to concentrate in food chains. Biosorption is an important mechanism for the removal of these compounds in activated sludge systems. Measurement, modelling, thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of biosorption and the effect of biosorption on the biodegradation of hydrophobic organic pollutants are discussed in this review.
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