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Aide Robles

Hometown: Glendale, Arizona | Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering

Reductive Dechlorination of Trichloroethene(TCE) Sustained by Microbial Chain Elongation

Mentor: Anca Delgado
MORE: Fall 2018

The objective of this research is to enrich a novel approach for bioremediation of trichloroethylene (TCE) in soil and groundwater. This approach consists of reducing TCE to non-chlorinated, non-toxic, ethene by utilizing the electron donor, hydrogen, produced from microbial chain elongating (MCE) cultures. Results thus far showed that TCE-reductively dechlorinating microorganisms can successfully use hydrogen produced from MCE to reduce TCE to ethene using a variety of substrates. Future experiments will be dedicated to the fundamental understanding of the synergy between reductive dechlorination and MCE and optimizing this approach for sustainable dechlorination at contaminated sites.

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Reductive Dechlorination of Trichloroethene Sustained by Microbial Chain Elongation

Mentor: Anca Delgado
MORE: Spring 2018

The objective of this research is to test the effectiveness of a novel approach for bioremediation of trichloroethylene (TCE) in soil and groundwater. This approach consists of reducing TCE to non-chlorinated, non-toxic ethene by utilizing the electron donor hydrogen produced from microbial chain elongating (MCE) cultures. Results thus far showed that TCE-reductively dechlorinating microorganisms can successfully use hydrogen produced from MCE to reduce TCE to ethene. Future experiments will be dedicated to the fundamental understanding of the synergy between reductive dechlorination and MCE, and optimizing this approach for sustainable dechlorination at contaminated sites.