Photocatalysis on supported TiO2 was combined with aerobic biological treatment in a sequential batch reactor to compare the degradation of two textile dyes: a blue azo dye (DR KBL CDG) and a green phthalocyanine dye (DR K4GN). Three reactors were run in parallel. SBR1 was used as a reference and was fed with urban wastewater only. SBR2 and SBR3 were fed with the same urban wastewater combined with pretreated (for SBR2) and non-pretreated (for SBR3) dye solution. For an azo dye concentration of 12 mg/L decolouration yields of 78 and 27% were achieved, respectively, in SBR2 and SBR3. For the phthalocyanine dye, the decolouration yields decreased to 24 and 15%, respectively. Concerning COD removal it decreases for both dyes with and without pretreatment, when the dye concentration increases. Although a detrimental effect on biomass could be observed, bacteria were able to cope with the inhibitory effect of the dyes.

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