Aerobic Metabolism of Potassium Cyanide

by J.B. Nesbitt,
H.R. Kohl,
Jr. Wagner,

Serial Information: Journal of the Sanitary Engineering Division, 1960, Vol. 86, Issue 1, Pg. 1-14

Document Type: Journal Paper


In activated sludge system, without mixed liquor suspended solids, in which CN served as only source of carbon and nitrogen, it was found that (1) more than 99% of CN was metabolized, (2) suspended solids were maintained, (3) approximately 98% of cyanide-carbon was converted to CO2, and (4) from 75% to 90% of cyanide-nitrogen was converted to ammonia and nitrite.

Subject Headings: Chemical elements | Turbidity | Activated sludge | Carbon fibers | Nitrogen | Ammonia

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