Extraction and Recovery of Bound Phosphorus from Runoff Sediments Using Low Molecular Weight Organic Acids
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Master of Science in Engineering
Chemical and Paper Engineering
Dr. Andro Mondala
Dr. Brian Young
Dr. James Springstead
Masters Thesis-Abstract Only
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Phosphorus (P) is an important mineral for sustaining agricultural production, as well as a contributing factor in eutrophication of aquatic ecosystems. One of the main forms of P pollution is particulate bound P in runoff and erosion streams. The overall goal of this study is to investigate the extraction and recovery of P from these minerals through the use of low molecular weight organic acids (LMWOAs), namely citric and oxalic acids, which are typically generated by soil-derived fungi. Mixtures of citric and oxalic acid were investigated for their effectiveness in releasing bound P from sediments collected from the shore of a eutrophic lake in the Kalamazoo, MI. Pure citric acid, 2:1 and 1:1 (molarity ratio) oxalic:citric acid mixtures were most effective at P extraction from sediments. Extractions using pure citric and 2:1 oxalic:citric acids further underwent factor screening and optimization studies. Initial acid pH, sediment loading, and initial acid concentration all had significant effects on the removal of P from the sediment. Both mixtures were optimized via response surface analysis using a central composite design experiment. Extractions of both acid mixtures showed significant interactions between initial pH, solids loading, and acid concentration with regards to their effect on P solubilization and removal efficiency. Statistical models were developed to predict P removal efficiency, and predicted capability of 100% P removal . The findings of this study will be used a basis for further development of an economical and inherently benign P recovery technology from a previously unexplored renewable P source to reduce dependence on mined P sources and nutrient pollution in our nation’s aquatic resources.
Shields, "Extraction and Recovery of Bound Phosphorus from Runoff Sediments Using Low Molecular Weight Organic Acids" (2017). Master's Theses. 1122.