Potential for biodegradation of microplastics in thermophilic anaerobic digesters

Jeppe Lund Nielsen*, N.K. Pedersen, Asal Peydaei, Eustace Fernando, Leonid Gurevich, Peter Fojan, Reinhard Wimmer, Nadieh de Jonge

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Microplastics have emerged as new environmental pollutants. In this study biodegradation of polypropylene under thermophilic conditions were observed to be several orders higher than in any other environment investigated previously. A series of imaging AFM and SEM revealed presence of oxidation products accumulated on the surface, while spectroscopic analysis of the extracted and concentrated products were analysed by FTIR, Raman and NMR. The spectroscopic analysis revealed important insight into the composition, and a model of the polymer breakage involving formation of integrated cis-configured double bonds (olefins). The findings show a high potential for biodegradation of (micro)plastic in conventional ADs. The results furthermore support the use of applying anaerobic digesters for the treatment of highly energetic household waste with a high content of plastics.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelAnaerobic Digestion Conference AD16
Publikationsdato2019
StatusUdgivet - 2019
Begivenhed16th IWA World Conference on Anaerobic digestion - Delft, Holland
Varighed: 23 jun. 201927 jun. 2019
https://www.ad16conference.com/

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Konference16th IWA World Conference on Anaerobic digestion
LandHolland
ByDelft
Periode23/06/201927/06/2019
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