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Linking Structure and Function to Manage Microbial Communities Carrying Out Chlorinated Ethene Reductive Dechlorination

Abstract Contamination by chlorinated ethenes is widespread in groundwater aquifers, sediment, and soils worldwide. The overarching objectives of my research were to understand how the bacterial genus Dehalococcoides function optimally to carry out reductive dechlorination of chlorinated ethenes in a mixed microbial community and then apply this knowledge to manage dechlorinating communities in the hydrogen-based membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR). The MBfR is used for the biological reduction of oxidized contaminants in water using hydrogen supplied as the electron donor by diffusion through gas-transfer fibers. First, I characterized a new anaerobic dechlorinating community developed in our laboratory, named DehaloR^2, in terms of chlorinated ethene ... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Ziv-El, Michal (Author) / Rittmann, Bruce E (Advisor) / Krajmalnik-Brown, Rosa (Advisor) / Halden, Rolf U (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Environmental engineering / chlorinated ethenes / Dehalococcoides / membrane biofilm reactor / reductive dechlorination
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 192 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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