Chlortetracycline removal by using hydrogen based membrane biofilm reactor

Aydın E., Şahin M., Taşkan E., Hasar H., ERDEM M.

Journal of Hazardous Materials, vol.320, pp.88-95, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 320
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2016.08.014
  • Journal Name: Journal of Hazardous Materials
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.88-95
  • Keywords: Chlortetracycline, Membrane biofilm reactor, Biodegradation, Microbial community
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


In the last years, increasing attention has been paid on the presence of antibiotics in aqueous environments due to their ecological damage and potential adverse effects on organisms. Membrane biofilm reactors (MBfR) have been gained a significant popularity as an advanced wastewater treatment technology in removing of organic micro-pollutants. In this study, the performance of H2-MBfR for simultaneous removal of nitrate and chlortetracycline, formation of transformation products and community analysis of the biofilm grown on the gas permeable hollow fiber membranes was evaluated by considering effect of the hydraulic retention time, surface loadings of target pollutants and H2 pressure. The results showed that the simultaneous chlortetracycline (96%) and nitrate removal (99%) took placed successfully under the conditions of 5 h HRT and 2 psi H2 pressure. It has been determined that the main elimination process was biodegradation and Betaproteobacteria species was responsible for chlortetracycline degradation.