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Exploring the effects of microaeration on the conversion of hexadecane to methane

  • Mestrado em Biotecnologia, 2018


The variety of waste residues and wastewater sources combined with the high energetic yield of hydrocarbons, makes hydrocarbon-contaminated wastes a potential candidate for valorization in industrial-scale anaerobic digestion for biogas production. One of the major barriers preventing industrial scale-up of hydrocarbon anaerobic digestion is the extensive degradation time, reaching periods of years before complete biodegradation. The bottleneck in anaerobic hydrocarbon bioconversion to methane is the activation phase, where the hydrocarbons are converted to more readily degradable compounds. I ...

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