2017 : Study of the initial glycerol concentration effects upon bacterial cells adaptation and biodegradation kinetics on a submerged aerated fixed bed reactor using biocell® packing

Abstract: The present work provides an experimental study of the effect of the glycerol concentration on removal performances in a Submerged Aerobic Fixed-Film (SAF) Reactor performing in batch mode. This study consisted in adding various initial substrate concentrations of synthetic solutions (glycerol) in order to assess their effects on biodegradation kinetics and then on bacterial […]

2017 : Absorption of toluene by vegetable oil–water emulsion in scrubbing tower: Experiments and modeling

  Abstract The aim of this work is to study continuous counter-current absorption of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) by an oil–water emulsion. This process enables the treatment of hydrophilic and hydrophobic VOC within a gaseous effluent emitted by chemical or food processing industries. Toluene was chosen as the pollutant in this work because of its […]

2016 : Process-Oriented Review of Bacterial Quorum Quenching for Membrane Biofouling Mitigation in Membrane Bioreactors (MBRs)

  Abstract Quorum Quenching (QQ) has been developed over the last few years to overcome practical issues related to membrane biofouling, which is currently the major difficulty thwarting the extensive development of membrane bioreactors (MBRs). QQ is the disruption of Quorum Sensing (QS), cell-to-cell communication enabling the bacteria to harmonize their behavior. The production of […]

2016 : Optical Methods to Investigate the Enhancement Factor of an 2 Oxygen-Sensitive Colorimetric Reaction Using Microreactors

Visualization of mass transfer is a powerful tool to improve understanding of local phenomenon. The use of an oxygen-sensitive dye (colorimetric technique) (Dietrich et al., Chem Eng Sci. 2013; 100:172–182) has showed its relevancy for locally visualizing and characterizing gas–liquid mass transfer at different scales (Kherbeche et al., Chem Eng Sci. 2013; 100: 515–528; Yang et al., […]


    By : N. DIETRICH, J. FRANCOIS, M. JIMENEZ, A. COCKX, P. GUIRAUD, G. HEBRARD  Abstract: A fast method is proposed for determining the oxygen gas-liquid diffusion coefficient from measurements of the fluorescence quenching behind a bubble. The approach consists of capturing pictures of concentration field at micro-scale in the laminar bubble wake. The […]

2014: Oxygen mass transfer and hydrodynamic behaviour in wastewater: Determination of local impact of surfactants by visualization techniques

By Mélanie Jimenez, Nicolas Dietrich, John R. Grace, Gilles Hébrard Abstract: Powerful techniques, based on the Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence (PLIF) technique, are deployed to locally visualize and quantify the impact of surfactants in wastewaters on hydrodynamics and oxygen mass transfer. Bubble diameter, aspect ratio, rise velocity, contamination angle, as well as flux, flux density, […]