Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Ronald Sims (Committee Chair)
Anthropogenic methane emissions are harmful to the environment and can be difficult to treat. Use of M. alcaliphilum for bioremediation of methane looks to be one of the most promising methods of reducing the negative environmental impacts of methane emissions while simultaneously providing an economic incentive. Successful bioreactor design for M. alcaliphilum based methane treatment requires biokinetic constants and microbial growth information. Methods were established for determining biokinetic constants, including growth rate, biomass yield, specific methane consumption rate, and a correlation between methane oxidation and carbon dioxide production for M. alcaliphilum. Values determined for these constants were used to provide a preliminary engineering design for treating methane emissions from the North Valley Landfill in Cache County, Utah.
Parkinson, Jace, "Methane Emission Treatment and Potential Upcycling using Methylomicrobium alcaliphilum" (2021). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 1573.
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