Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Torres-Rojas F., Muñoz D., Tapia N., Canales C., Vargas I.T. (2020)

Bioelectrochemical chlorate reduction by Dechloromonas agitata CKB.

Revista : Bioresource Technology
Volumen : 315
Páginas : 123818
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Chlorate has been described as an emerging pollutant that compromises water sources. In this study, bioelectrochemical reactors (BERs) using Dechloromonas agitata CKB, were evaluated as a sustainable alternative for chlorate removal. BERs were operated under flow-recirculation and batch modes with an applied cell-voltage of 0.44 V over a resistance of 1 kΩ. Results show chlorate removal up to 607.288 mg/L. After 115 days, scanning electron microscopy showed biofilm development over the electrodes, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy confirmed the biocatalytic effect of CKB. The theoretical chlorate bioreduction potential (ε° = 0.792 V) was proven, and a kinetic study indicated that 6 electrons were involved in the reduction mechanism. Finally, a hypothetical bioelectrochemical mechanism for chlorate reduction in a BER was proposed. This research expands upon current knowledge of novel electrochemically active microorganisms and widens the scope of BER applications for chlorate removal.