Reduction of nitrogen oxides in aquous Fe-EDTA solutions

P.M.F. van der Maas, T. van de Sandt, A. Klapwijk, P.N.L. Lens

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The reduction of nitric oxide (NO) in aqueous solutions of Fe(II)EDTA is one of the core processes in BioDeNOx, an integrated physicochemical and biological technique for NO, removal from industrial flue gases. NO reduction in aqueous solutions of Fe(II)EDTA (20-25 mM, pH 7.2 +/- 0.2) was investigated in batch experiments at 55 degreesC. Reduction of NO to N-2 was found to be biologically catalyzed with nitrous oxide (N2O) as an intermediate. Various sludges from full-scale denitrifying and anaerobic reactors were capable to catalyze NO reduction under thermophilic conditions. The NO reduction rate was not affected by the presence of ethanol or acetate. EDTA-chelated Fe(II) was found to be a suitable electron donor for the biological reduction of nitric oxide to N2, with the concomitant formation of Fe(III)EDTA. In the presence of ethanol, EDTA-chelated Fe(III) was reduced to Fe(II)EDTA. This study strongly indicates that redox cycling of FeEDTA plays an important role in the biological denitrification process within the BioDeNOx concept.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1323-1328
JournalBiotechnology Progress
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2003


  • dissimilatory fe(iii)
  • activated-sludge
  • ferrous iron
  • nitrate
  • oxidation
  • denitrification
  • biodegradation
  • degradation
  • bacteria
  • removal


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