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Stabilization of sewage sludge by different biochars towards reducing freely dissolved polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) content
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM). Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Norway; Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway.
2014 (English)In: Bioresource Technology, ISSN 0960-8524, E-ISSN 1873-2976, Vol. 156, 139-145 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The objective of the study was to identify the effect of various biochars on the content of freely dissolved (C-free) PAHs in sewage sludge. Apart from the evaluation of biochars obtained from various materials, the study also included the determination of the effects of biochar particle sizes and biochar production temperature on their ability to bind PAHs in sewage sludge. Increase in biochar dose caused a gradual reduction of C-free PAHs content, but only up to the biochar dose of 5%. Depending on the kind of initial material from which the biochar was produced, the reduction of C-free PAHs content in sewage sludge varied from 17.4% to 58.0%. Both the temperature and the particle size of biochar had an effect on PAH free concentration reduction. Biochars characterised by a low polarity index (O/C or (O + N)/C) reduced the level of C-free PAHs better than biochars with a higher polarity index value.

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2014. Vol. 156, 139-145 p.
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Biochar, Sewage sludge, PAHs, Availability
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104576DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.01.003ISI: 000334828500020OAI: diva2:723912


Available from: 2014-06-11 Created: 2014-06-11 Last updated: 2014-06-24Bibliographically approved

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