Luan De Souza Leite

Luan De Souza Leite
University of São Paulo | USP · Department of Hydraulics and Sanitation

Master of Science

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August 2019 - October 2022
University of São Paulo
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  • PhD Student

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Publications (23)
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Amongst harvesting processes, alkaline flocculation stands out as a technically feasible and low cost method. The interference of model wastewater components with alkaline flocculation of Chlorella sorokiniana (pH 8-12), induced by calcium phosphate (CaP) precipitates, was evaluated. Between the compounds tested, inorganic nitrogen, sodium alginate...
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The algal organic matter (AOM) is a concern for water treatment due to its low removal by traditional technologies. Granular activated carbon (GAC) is used extensively in drinking water treatment in various roles; however, there is little information about GAC performance for AOM removal. In this context, this study investigated the AOM removal by...
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Decentralized treatments applied at the household level may be alternatives to positively impact global health. Pasteurization is a conventional disinfection method and efforts have been made to increase its efficiency and productivity in point-of-entry (POE) applications. To overcome limitations associated to this practice, we hypothesized that in...
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Microalgae harvesting is one of the major bottlenecks for the production of high-value microalgal products on a large scale, which encourages investigations of harvesting methods with better cost-benefits. Among these harvesting techniques, flotation stands out as a promising method, however it is still minimally explored when compared to the sedim...
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Microalgae are a sustainable source of high value-added bioproducts that can be used for a variety of purposes, such as energy, food, and raw materials. However, the costs incurred to microalgae production are still very high, which prevents its large-scale application from being economically viable. One widely discussed solution in recent years is...
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The algal organic matter (AOM) is a problem in water treatment. Although the adsorption process is extensively applied to drinking water treatment, little information is known about the potential of new adsorbents to remove AOM. Herein, this work evaluated the removal of AOM and its main compounds (dissolved organic carbon (DOC), carbohydrate, and...
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The implementation of fish farming has been increasing worldwide over the last decades, as well the search for alternative production systems and the treatment of their generated effluent. Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) is a compact solution for future intensive fish farming. However, few configurations of treatment technologies were tested...
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Algal organic matter (AOM) in water reservoirs is a worldwide concern for drinking water treatment; once it is one of the main precursors for disinfection by-products formation (DBPs). In this context, this study investigated the ecotoxicity of DBPs from chlorination of AOM to Ceriodaphnia silvestrii and Daphnia similis (Crustacea, Cladocera). The...
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In addition to the adsorption capability for organic compounds, granular activated carbon (GAC) can also serve as a good media for the growth of microbial communities in biofilters. Despite its potential, the application of BAC filtration for municipal wastewater treatment has been little addressed in the literature. In this context, this paper aim...
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Biological reactors with immobilized biomass on free carriers have provided new perspectives for wastewater treatment, once they reduce the system size and increase the treatment capacity. In this study, the performance of three Moving Bed Biofilm Reactors (MBBRs) using different carriers (with and without protected surface area) were evaluated for...
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The efficiency of microalgae harvesting on the removal of Giardia spp. cysts, Cryptosporidium spp. oocysts, total coliforms, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus spp. and Clostridium spp. was assessed in lab-scale experiments (Jartest and Flotatest) using effluent from a flat panel photobioreactor used for Chlorella sorokiniana cultivation. Three harvest...
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Household water treatment (HWT) technologies are a promising strategy for addressing the waterborne diseases burden. However, in order to be efficient, these are often limited to water quality and require it to not exceed a certain threshold of physicochemical and microbiological contamination. Additionally, some popular HWTs, such as chlorination,...
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Peracetic acid (PAA) stands out as a safe and environmental-friendly oxidant and disinfectant which has been effectively used in wastewater treatment. Chemical oxygen demand (COD) is a very popular analysis in wastewater treatment; however, the interference of residual PAA on the COD measurement is still unknown. In this context, this study investi...
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O ozônio pode ser usado tanto para desinfecção, quanto para oxidação, em água de abastecimento e nos efluentes de sistemas de tratamento de esgoto. Como não há separação dos processoss, ao se usar o ozônio para a desinfecção, inevitavelmente ocorrerá também a oxidação de substâncias orgânicas e inorgânicas presentes na água ou no esgoto. Essa ação...
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Decentralized wastewater treatment is a viable and sustainable alternative to having universal access to sanitation, especially for developing countries and small communities. Chlorine and peracetic acid (PAA) have been studied widely to promote wastewater disinfection, however there are few comparative studies applied to decentralized wastewater t...
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The discharge of raw wastewater into the environment can be a contamination source of Giardia spp. cysts and Cryptosporidium spp. oocysts. The UASB (Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket) reactor is the most popular technology applied for wastewater treatment in Brazil, nevertheless there is little information concerning its capacity for (oo)cyst removal...
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Sugarcane vinasse, also known as distillery wastewater, is a key by-product of the ethanol industry. Vinasse characteristics and their huge volume pose environmental concerns about the choice of treatment method. Microfiltration (MF) has been efficiently applied to vinasse clarification; however, it has been underexplored in the literature. In this...
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In this study, a novel harvesting emulsion (HEM) consisting of cooking oil in an aqueous solution of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) was tested for the harvesting of a technologically important microalga, Chlorella vulgaris. The influence of HEM dose, biomass and bovine serum albumin (BSA) (model interferer compound) on harvesting efficiency...
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Microalgae harvesting is a major hurdle for the production of high-value microalgal bioproducts on a large scale. Among harvesting techniques, pH-induced sedimentation stands out as an inexpensive and technically viable method. Nevertheless, there is little information available on the application of this method for microalgae cultivated in wastewa...
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Microalgae harvesting is the major bottleneck for biomass production on a large-scale. In this study, coagulation followed by dissolved air flotation (DAF) was used as a harvesting method for Chlorella sorokiniana cultivated in wastewater. The harvesting performance was evaluated using four coagulants (aluminum sulphate, ferric chloride, Tanfloc SG...
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This study investigated the sludge drying from a facultative pond in a dryer that employs two dehydration methods: thermal drying by infrared lamps and convective drying. For the tests, three thicknesses of sludge were used (10, 25, and 50 mm) and different drying times (6 and 12 h). From the results, the data obtained was compatible with the adjus...

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The aim of this project is the recovery of nutrients and carbon from concentrated black water (toilet water) while producing a valuable algal biomass product that can be used as fertilizer and a final liquid effluent that can be reused. This will be achieved by collecting the black water and treating it in an upward-flow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor followed bya photobioreactor (PBR). After the PBR the algal biomass will be separated from the liquid effluent, harvested and tested for fertilization use. Pathogen will be removed from the remaining liquid effluent and the effluent reused. Two pilot-scale black water treatment systems will be compared in terms of efficiency recovering nutrients and removal of human pathogens indicators. The system at EESC-USP will include the treatment of the concentrated black water (3L per flush) in a mesophilic UASB followed by a PBR, dissolved ozone flotation to separate and remove pathogen from the effluent and algae drying beds, while the NIOO-KNAW system, that alreadv has implemented a vacuum system for black water collection and a thermophilic UASB, will include a PBR followed by an algae settler. The dried algae will be tested for use as fertilizer. We expect to demonstrate how efficient the two pilot-scale systems are in terms of nutrients and human pathogens removal. Moreover, how efficient they are in closing the carbon and nutrients cycle for a cost-effective on-site wastewater treatment system. Finally we will define the value of the ai ai biomass as a fertilizer