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Enhancing the electrocoagulation process for harvesting marine microalgae (Tetraselmis sp.) using interdigitated electrodes

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submitted on 2023-10-31, 10:04 and posted on 2023-10-31, 11:14 authored by Wardan A. Khatib, Arslan Ayari, Ahmed T. Yasir, Mohammed Talhami, Probir Das, M.A. Quadir, Alaa H. Hawari

Marketable value of algal biomass has been increasing in recent years due to its wide range of applications. This study investigates the performance of a novel cylindrical interdigitated electrode array in electrocoagulation for the harvesting of marine microalgae (Tetraselmis sp.). The new electrode array is expected to exert a dielectrophoretic (DEP) force which would assist in the harvesting of the microalgae in the electrocoagulation process. Through numerical investigation, the induction of dielectrophoretic force was confirmed in the new electrode array. In this study, 10 min electrolysis time was found to be sufficient to harvest 82.4% microalgae with 1 cm electrode distance and 50 mA/cm2 current density. Furthermore, decreasing the electrode distance to 0.5 cm increased the algal harvesting efficiency to 96.18%. Energy analysis showed that the proposed electrode array shows 38% lower specific energy consumption than the conventional flat sheet electrode array.

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Published in: Journal of Environmental Management
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Publication Year

  • 2021

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  • Qatar University
  • College of Engineering - QU
  • College of Arts and Sciences - QU