In Situ Bioremediation of Multiple Contaminants with Slow Release Co-metabolism Substrates

Summary

Technology Description

This technology utilizes the ability of microbial cells and slow release compounds (SRC) within an encapsulation device to degrade and treat groundwater contaminants of concern. A variety of microorganisms can be used in combination with a variety of slow release substrates to target a spectrum of difficult to degrade contaminants, including poly-cyclic compounds and highly toxic halogenated compounds. By using encapsulation, the microorganisms and cometabolic substrates stay co-located, in situ, over an extended period of time.

Features & Benefits

  • Treatment of contaminated groundwater / soils / sediments
  • In situ treatment
  • Extended treatment time

Applications

  • Contaminated groundwater, soils, and/or sediments
  • Domestic and industrial wastewater
  • Point source treatment in packed beds

Background of Invention

A variety of highly toxic contaminants of concern persist in soils and groundwater at industrial sites across the country. Treatment, if even feasible, is often very expensive and time consuming. In-situ bioremediation of multiple contaminants with slow release cometabolism allows is attractive, but faces challenges of substrate limitations, slow kinetics, and the prolonged viability of the microorganisms carrying out the remediation. There is a need for technologies that can better sustain the bioremediation process by localizing and retaining the microorganisms in the subsurface and providing sustained substrate release over an extended period of time. This technology provides such a solution.

Status

Patent pending.

   

Degradation of vinyl chloride and 1,1 – dichloroethylene over an extended period of time using this technology (light blue dotted lines are abiotic controls).

Patent Information:
Tech ID:
OSU-18-70
Contact:
David Dickson
IP & Licensing Manager
Oregon State University
541-737-3450
david.dickson@oregonstate.edu
Inventors:
Mitchell Rasmussen
Lewis Semprini
Michael Hyman
Keywords:
Bacteria
Bioremediation
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