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This theme focuses on integrated processes for removal and conversion of volatile sulfur compounds from aqueous solutions. These aqueous are used to scrub volatile sulfur compounds from oil and gas and have a high pH and salt concentration. The process scheme consists of scrubbers and bioreactors and aims at removal of all volatile sulfur compounds like sulfide and thiols (e.g. methanethiol). The water consumption of this process can become zero by treating the bleed stream enabling recycling of all water. The scientific disciplines needed for development of such an integrated process are chemistry, microbiology, biotechnology and modeling.

Gijs van Heeringen
Jan Klok

Theme manager
Gijs van Heeringen

Theme coordinator
Jan Klok


Industrial partners

Paqell - vrijstaand
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Academic partner

Wageningen University 2016
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Research projects

Karine Kiragosyan, Wageningen University
   Biological removal of H2S in the presence of thiols from sour gas streams
Suyash Gupta, Wageningen University/University of Amsterdam
   Understanding and improving the haloalkaline biodesulfurization process

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