Characterization of dissolved organic matter in full scale continuous stirred tank biogas reactors using ultrahigh resolution mass spectrometry: a qualitative overview.
2012 (English)In: Environmental Science and Technology, ISSN 0013-936X, E-ISSN 1520-5851, Vol. 46, no 22, 12711-12719 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Dissolved organic matter (DOM) was characterized in eight full scale continuous stirred tank biogas reactors (CSTBR) using solid-phase extraction and electrospray ionization Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (ESI-FT-ICR-MS). An overview of the DOM molecular complexity in the samples from biogas reactors with conventional operational conditions and various substrate profiles is provided by assignments of unambiguous exact molecular formulas for each measured mass peak. Analysis of triplicate samples for each reactor demonstrated the reproducibility of the solid-phase extraction procedure and ESI-FT-ICR-MS which allowed precise evaluation of the DOM molecular differences among the different reactors. Cluster analysis on mass spectrometric data set showed that the biogas reactors treating sewage sludge had distinctly different DOM characteristics compared to the codigesters treating a combination of organic wastes. Furthermore, the samples from thermophilic and mesophilic codigesters had different DOM composition in terms of identified masses and corresponding intensities. Despite the differences, the results demonstrated that compositionally linked organic compounds comprising 28-59% of the total number of assigned formulas for the samples were shared in all the reactors. This suggested that the shared assigned formulas in studied CSTBRs might be related to common biochemical transformation in anaerobic digestion process and therefore, performance of the CSTBRs.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 46, no 22, 12711-12719 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-87728DOI: 10.1021/es3024447OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-87728DiVA: diva2:600075