Ben-Youssef C. and Vázquez-Rodríguez G.A. (2011) Model-based design of different fedbatch strategies for phenol degradation in acclimatized activated sludge cultures. Bioresource Technology 102: 3740-3747. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2010.11.122
Microbial degradation of phenol was studied using batch and fedbatch cultures of acclimatized activated sludge under a wide range of phenol (0793 mg l?1) and biomass (0.746.7 g l?1) initial concentrations. As cell growth continued after total phenol removal, the production and later consumption of a main metabolic intermediate was considered the step governing the biodegradation kinetics. A model that takes explicitly into account the kinetics of the intermediate was developed by introducing a specific growth rate model associated with its consumption and the incorporation of a dual-substrate inhibitory effect on phenol degradation. Biomass growth and phenol removal were adequately predicted in all the cultures. Moreover, the model-based design of the fedbatch feeding strategies allowed driving separately the phenol degradation under substrate-limitation and substrate-inhibition modes. A sensitivity analysis was also performed in order to establish the importance of the parameters in the accuracy of model predictions.