Université de Neuchâtel

Intrinsic bioremediation of a petroleum hydrocarbon-contaminated aquifer and assessment of mineralization based on stable carbon isotopes

Bolliger, C ; Höhener, P ; Hunkeler, Daniel ; Häberli, K ; Zeyer, J

In: Biodegradation, 1999, vol. 10, p. 201-217

This study presents a stepwise concept to assess the in situ microbial mineralization of petroleum hydrocarbons (PHC) in aquifers. A new graphical method based on stable carbon isotope ratios (δ13C) was developed to verify the origin of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC). The concept and the isotope method were applied to an aquifer in Studen, Switzerland, in which more than 34,000...

Université de Neuchâtel

Use of stable isotope analysis to assess biodegradation of volatile organic compounds in the unsaturated subsurface

Bouchard, Daniel ; Hunkeler, Daniel (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2007 ; 1914.

The general aim of the project is to evaluate the feasibility of using compound-specific isotope analysis (CSIA) to assess biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons in the unsaturated zone. The first objective was to quantify the isotope enrichment factors during biodegradation of several volatile organic compounds (VOCs) commonly found on petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated sites. These microcosm...