PI: Dr. Daniel Meeroff, FAU

Some closed or partially closed landfills still produce important quantities of leachate, but instead of blending this material with active Class I leachate for disposal, there may be better alternatives. If a relatively inexpensive way to pretreat the leachate and safely dispose of it onsite can be developed, a giant step toward the potential for zero liquid discharge can be achieved. FAU has pioneered the advancement of landfill leachate treatment systems using photochemical iron-mediated aeration and TiO2 photocatalysis at laboratory scale in previous research funded by the Hinkley Center, which has led to the development of reactor prototypes for pilot scale testing.

The objective of the proposed research is to test a prototype photooxidative reactor at pilot scale for the removal of COD/BOD, heavy metals (i.e. arsenic, lead, and iron), ammonia, color, chlorides, and pathogens to determine the feasibility of safely discharging or reusing this leachate as a resource on-site.

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