Volatile fatty acid production from anaerobic digestion of organic residues

Sibel Uludag-Demirer, Wei Liao, Goksel N. Demirer

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Short chain volatile fatty acids (VFAs) from acetic acid (C2) to valeric acid (C5) are important starting chemicals for chemical industry. The production of VFAs from rejected resources (organic residues) using self-sustaining technologies has an exciting potential in supporting the US chemical industry to achieve the goal that 20% of chemicals produced in the USA will be bio-based. Acidogenic anaerobic digestion as a robust, well-established, and versatile biological technology can be applied as an alternative approach for the valorization of organic residues (municipal, agricultural, and industrial wastes) by the production of VFAs. In a typical acidogenic anaerobic digestion operation, residue type, pretreatment, reactor operation, and VFA recovery are the key factors that influence VFA production. This chapter discusses these factors and provides an experimental approach of VFA production from organic residues.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6029


  • Acidogenic anaerobic digestion
  • Liquid–liquid extraction
  • Organic residue
  • Volatile fatty acids


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