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Biostimulation strategies for in situ biodegradation of complex aromatic contaminant mixtures in groundwater

  • 19 January, 2024
  • Wageningen University, Environmental Technology
  • prof.dr.ir. H.H.M. Rijnaarts
  • dr.ir. J.T.C. Grotenhuis

Aromatic compounds are present as highly toxic and persistent contaminants in both aquatic and terrestrial environments, demanding effective remediation of contaminated areas. This thesis explores biostimulation strategies for aromatic hydrocarbon degradation, focusing specifically on the biodegradation of complex pollutants found in former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) sites. The study assesses various environmental factors and their impact on the dynamics of microbial communities. The goal is to contribute to the development of innovative, effective, environmentally conscious, and cost-efficient strategies for remediating the subsurface of the Griftpark, a former MGP site in Utrecht, The Netherlands but also to provide proof of principles so that obtained outcomes can be also applied to similar contaminated sites.

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Dilan Aydin

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