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Biological Treatment of Cyanide Containing Wastewater

Author Affiliations

  • 1Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun-248007, U.K., INDIA
  • 2 Department of Biotechnology, S.D. College of Engineering and Technology, Muzaffarnagar-251001, UP, INDIA
  • 3Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee-247667, UK, INDIA

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 1, Issue (7), Pages 15-21, October,18 (2011)

Abstract

Cyanide compounds are released in to the water stream from a number of industrial effluent and several routes including biodegradation for their removal from the waste water are under investigation. The present review describes the mechanism and advances in the use of biological treatment for the removal of cyanide compounds and its advantages over other treatment processes. It also includes various microbial pathways for their removal. The feasibility of the concomitant biogas generation during anaerobic biodegradation of cyanide has also been described. A comparative study has been done on the efficiency of aerobic and anaerobic biological degradation of cyanide. The limitations of this process have also been discussed.

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