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Title: Activated sludge inhibition tests for acrylic/ methacrylic acids and derivates
Authors: Nicolau, Margareta
Bumbac, Costel
Dumitrescu, Ciprian
Stoica, Ligia
Keywords: Sludge inhibition
Acrylic/methacrylic acid and derivatives
Respirometric tests
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: SciBulCom Ltd
Abstract: acrylic acid and derivates are commercially important and widely used compounds. They have been the subject of numerous animal toxicity studies covering a variety of exposure routes, but there is little or contradictory literature data on the activated sludge inhibition. This paper reports the results obtained from EC50 activated sludge inhibition tests for α-, β-unsaturated acids (acrylic and methacrylic acid) and their derivatives: amides (acrylamide, methacrylamide) and esters (methyl acrylate, ethyl acrylate, butyl acrylate, and respectively methyl methacrylate, ethyl methacrylate and butyl methacrylate). The tests were carried out in similar conditions according to the international standard SR EN ISO 8192 – Water quality – Tests for inhibition of oxygen consumption by activated sludge. The experimental results show that toxicity increases in the series of amides–acids–esters, the acrylic compounds are more toxic than the methacrylic ones and toxicity increases in the esters series along with an increase in the number of carbon atoms in the alkyl group.
Description: Journal of Environmental Protection and Ecology, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 513-521, 2008
ISSN: 1311-5065
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