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Ammonia removal from low-strength municipal wastewater by powdered resin combined with simultaneous recovery as struvite

Authors
  • Fang, Kuo1
  • Peng, Fei1, 2
  • Gong, Hui1
  • Zhang, Huanzhen2
  • Wang, Kaijun1
  • 1 Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China , Beijing (China)
  • 2 China University of Geosciences, Beijing, 100083, China , Beijing (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering
Publisher
Higher Education Press
Publication Date
Aug 03, 2020
Volume
15
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11783-020-1300-7
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Yellow

Abstract

Low-strength municipal wastewater is considered to be a recoverable nutrient resource with economic and environmental benefits. Thus, various technologies for nutrient removal and recovery have been developed. In this paper, powdered ion exchange resin was employed for ammonia removal and recovery from imitated low-strength municipal wastewater. The effects of various working conditions (powdered resin dosage, initial concentration, and pH value) were studied in batch experiments to investigate the feasibility of the approach and to achieve performance optimization. The maximum adsorption capacity determined by the Langmuir model was 44.39 mg/g, which is comparable to traditional ion exchange resin. Further, the effects of co-existing cations (Ca2+,Mg2+,K+) were studied. Based on the above experiments, recovery of ammonia as struvite was successfully achieved by a proposed two-stage crystallization process coupled with a powdered resin ion exchange process. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD) results revealed that struvite crystals were successfully gained in alkaline conditions (pH = 10). This research demonstrates that a powdered resin and two-stage crystallization process provide an innovative and promising means for highly efficient and easy recovery from low-strength municipal wastewater.

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