Role of quinones in the biodegradation of priority pollutants

A review

James A Field, F. J. Cervantes, F. P. Van der Zee, G. Lettinga

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Abstract

Evidence is accumulating that inert humic substances can play important roles in the anaerobic degradation of priority pollutants by shuttling electrons. This paper reviews the roles of humus and quinone analogues as electron acceptors, redox mediators and electron donors for microbial and abiotic degradation processes. An eventual technology based on pumping quinones as terminal electron acceptors into aquifers and sediments to stimulate xenobiotic degradation offers promising potential. Also quinone redox mediators can be considered to accelerate reductive transformations (e.g. dechlorination, azo cleavage) of priority pollutants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-222
Number of pages8
JournalWater Science and Technology
Volume42
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Biodegradation
biodegradation
electron
Electrons
pollutant
Degradation
degradation
Dechlorination
dechlorination
xenobiotics
humic substance
Aquifers
humus
cleavage
pumping
Sediments
aquifer
sediment
Oxidation-Reduction

Keywords

  • Anaerobic biodegradation
  • Electron acceptor
  • Humus
  • Quinones
  • Redox mediator
  • Xenobiotic pollutants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology

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Field, J. A., Cervantes, F. J., Van der Zee, F. P., & Lettinga, G. (2000). Role of quinones in the biodegradation of priority pollutants: A review. Water Science and Technology, 42(5-6), 215-222.

Role of quinones in the biodegradation of priority pollutants : A review. / Field, James A; Cervantes, F. J.; Van der Zee, F. P.; Lettinga, G.

In: Water Science and Technology, Vol. 42, No. 5-6, 2000, p. 215-222.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Field, JA, Cervantes, FJ, Van der Zee, FP & Lettinga, G 2000, 'Role of quinones in the biodegradation of priority pollutants: A review', Water Science and Technology, vol. 42, no. 5-6, pp. 215-222.
Field, James A ; Cervantes, F. J. ; Van der Zee, F. P. ; Lettinga, G. / Role of quinones in the biodegradation of priority pollutants : A review. In: Water Science and Technology. 2000 ; Vol. 42, No. 5-6. pp. 215-222.
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