Université de Neuchâtel

Intrinsic biodegradation potential of aromatic hydrocarbons in an alluvial aquifer - Potentials and limits of signature metabolite analysis and two stable isotope-based techniques

Morasch, Barbara ; Hunkeler, Daniel ; Zopfi, Jakob ; Temime, B ; Höhener, Patrick

In: Water Research, 2011, vol. 45, p. 4459-4469

Three independent techniques were used to assess the biodegradation of monoaromatic hydrocarbons and low-molecular weight polyaromatic hydrocarbons in the alluvial aquifer at the site of a former cokery (Flémalle, Belgium). Firstly, a stable carbon isotope-based field method allowed quantifying biodegradation of monoaromatic compounds in situ and confirmed the degradation of...