Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) and poly-β-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) in particular have become compounds which is routinely investigated in wastewater research. The PHB analysis method has only recently been applied to activated sludge samples where PHA contents might be relatively low. This urges the need to investigate the reproducibility of the gas chromatographic method for PHB analysis. This was evaluated in a Round-Robin test in 5 European laboratories with samples from lab-scale and full-scale enhanced biological phosphorus removal systems. It was shown that the standard deviation of measurements in each lab and the reproducibility between the labs was very good. Experimental results obtained by different laboratories using this analysis method can be compared. Sludge samples with PHB contents varying between 0.3 and 22.5 mg PHB/mg sludge were analysed. The gas chromatographic method allows for PHV, PH2MB and PH2MV analysis as well.
Gas chromatographic analysis of polyhydroxybutyrate in activated sludge: a round-robin test
D. Baetens, A.-M. Aurola, A. Foglia, D. Dionisi, M.C.M. van Loosdrecht; Gas chromatographic analysis of polyhydroxybutyrate in activated sludge: a round-robin test. Water Sci Technol 1 July 2002; 46 (1-2): 357–361. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2002.0502
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