Feasibility of industrial-scale treatment of dye wastewater via bio-adsorption technology

Wei Li, Bingnan Mu, Yiqi Yang

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This review emphasizes the importance of costs in industrial-scale treatment of dye wastewater and provides a way to assess the cost-based feasibility of bio-adsorption technologies. Dye wastewater is one of the major contributors to environmental pollution. Bio-adsorption has attracted considerable attentions in dye wastewater treatment due to its technical feasibility, flexibility and operation simplicity. However, industrial-scale treatment of dye wastewater via bio-adsorption technologies remains stagnant, mainly due to high costs. So far, no review or research articles have systematically discussed the criteria for successful utilization of bio-adsorption technologies on a large scale. This review discusses the major factors affecting adsorption and desorption performance based on basic chemical and physical structures of bio-adsorbents available in literatures. A quantitative relationship has been summarized based on previous studies to assess the cost to utilize a bio-adsorption technology and serve as an access threshold for quality bio-adsorbents to be taken into real applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-170
Number of pages14
JournalBioresource Technology
StatePublished - Apr 2019


  • Bio-adsorption technology
  • Cost assessment
  • Dye removal
  • Dye wastewater
  • Industrial-scale wastewater treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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