Glucose fermentation with biochar amended consortium: Sequential fermentations

Jia Hsun Lu, Chuan Chen, Chihpin Huang, Shao Yuan Leu, Duu Jong Lee*

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The aim of this work was to study sequential batch fermentation of glucose with a biological consortium amended with nine different biochars or with an activated carbon. The glucose fermentation was enhanced by carbon amendment, with activated carbon being more effective than biochars as cell carriers and electron conductors between functional species. The volatile fatty acid distributions were shifted in the consumption of the produced H2 and CO2. The types of biochars were irrelevant to glucose glycolysis and the subsequent H2 and CO2 consumption reactions. Biofilm growth affects the detailed mechanisms occurred in fermentation broth to the yielded volatile fatty acid distributions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122933
JournalBioresource Technology
StatePublished - May 2020


  • Biochar
  • Fermentative consortium
  • Syntrophy
  • Volatile fatty acids


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