Microbial activity in granular activated carbon filters in drinking water treatment

A. Knezev

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


The investigations described are carried out to analyse the microbiological processes in relation to the GAC characteristics and the removal of natural organic matter (NOM) in Granular Activated Carbon filters (GACFs) in water treatment. The main goal of the study was to obtain a qualitative description of the interactions between microbial activity and the surface characteristics of GAC. For this purpose the concentration of active bacterial biomass in GACFs, the identity and properties of the predominating bacteria and the effects of the adsorptive properties of GAC on biodegradation were studied
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • Smidt, Hauke, Promotor
  • van der Kooij, D., Promotor
Award date27 Feb 2015
Place of PublicationWageningen
Print ISBNs9789462572447
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2015


  • activated carbon
  • water treatment
  • drinking water
  • organic matter
  • microbial activities


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