(225d) Bench-Scale Testing of Electrochemical Recovery of Phosphorus from Post-Digester Municipal Wastewater Driven By Magnesium Salt - MAC Poster Session
AIChE Annual Meeting
2022 Annual Meeting
Engineering for Inclusion
MAC Eminent Engineers Awards Poster Session
Monday, November 14, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
This research study focuses on recovering phosphorus as struvite (or a mixed-phase) from post-digester municipal wastewater using electrochemical technology. The electrochemical technique adopted provides localized pH control which is necessary for struvite formation through oxygen reduction at the cathode. This approach also aims to achieve a procedure that enables easy automation with little or no human intervention. Belarbi et al. investigated the impact of the presence of other dissolved species specifically Ca2+ in wastewater and how it can alter the chemistry of struvite precipitation . This provided insight into negating the effect of this competing ion by increasing the concentration of magnesium in the wastewater in addition to other major ions in this stream including Na+, K+, SO42- and Cl-. In a bid to potentially recover phosphorus as struvite in this study, magnesium will be supplemented by the introduction of magnesium salt.
The effect of the available surface area of the working electrode, flow turbulence, applied potential, and dissolved oxygen present will be investigated. Also, the percentage recovery of phosphorus as struvite will be determined while analyzing it using various characterization techniques such as scanning electron microscope, Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-Ray Diffraction.
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