High-rate hydrogen production from galactose in an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASBr)

Periyasamy Sivagurunathan, Parthiban Anburajan, Gopalakrishnan Kumar, Takuro Kobayashi, Kai Qin Xu, Chae Young Lee, Sang Hyoun Kim

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High-rate hydrogen production from galactose and rapid granule formation were achieved in a mesophilic (37 °C) upflow anaerobic sludge blank reactor (UASBr). Hybrid immobilized cells were seeded to a CSTR fed with galactose (15 g L-1) at a hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 12 h for 12 days, after which the mixed liquor from the CSTR was transferred to the UASBr. Rapid granule formation was observed after 5 days of initial UASBr operation at 6 h HRT and further enhanced at 3 h HRT. The peak hydrogen production rate (HPR) and hydrogen yield (HY) of 32.7 L L-1 d-1 and 1.95 mol mol-1 galactose were attained at the HRT of 3 h with an organic loading rate (OLR) of 120 g L-1 d-1. Microbial community analysis characterized by pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA genes showed that the proportion of Clostridium increased during the HRT at 3 h, whereas Bacilli proportions dominated at 6 h HRT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59823-59833
Number of pages11
JournalRSC Advances
Issue number64
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (No. 2014R1A2A2A04005475)

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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