Three blends formed by: agro-industrial waste, wastewater sewage sludge, and their mixture, blended with tree pruning as bulking agent, were composted over a 3-month period. During the composting process the blends were monitored for the main physical and chemical characteristics. Electrofocusing (EF) was carried out on the extracted organic matter. The EF profiles were analyzed by principal component analysis (PCA) in order to assess the suitability of EF to evaluate the stabilisation level during the composting process. Throughout the process, the blends showed a general shifting of focused bands, from low to high pH, even though the compost origin affected the EF profiles. If the EF profile is analyzed by dividing it into pH regions, the interpretation of the results can be affected by the origin of compost. A good clustering of compost samples depending on the process time was obtained by analyzing the whole profile by PCA. Analysis of EF results with PCA represents a useful analytical technique to study the evolution and the stabilisation of composted organic matter.

A multivariate approach to the study of the composting process by means of analytical electrofocusing / Grigatti M.; Cavani L.; Ciavatta C.. - In: WASTE MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 0956-053X. - STAMPA. - 27(9):9(2007), pp. 1072-1082. [10.1016/j.wasman.2006.05.011]

A multivariate approach to the study of the composting process by means of analytical electrofocusing.

GRIGATTI, MARCO;CAVANI, LUCIANO;CIAVATTA, CLAUDIO
2007

Abstract

Three blends formed by: agro-industrial waste, wastewater sewage sludge, and their mixture, blended with tree pruning as bulking agent, were composted over a 3-month period. During the composting process the blends were monitored for the main physical and chemical characteristics. Electrofocusing (EF) was carried out on the extracted organic matter. The EF profiles were analyzed by principal component analysis (PCA) in order to assess the suitability of EF to evaluate the stabilisation level during the composting process. Throughout the process, the blends showed a general shifting of focused bands, from low to high pH, even though the compost origin affected the EF profiles. If the EF profile is analyzed by dividing it into pH regions, the interpretation of the results can be affected by the origin of compost. A good clustering of compost samples depending on the process time was obtained by analyzing the whole profile by PCA. Analysis of EF results with PCA represents a useful analytical technique to study the evolution and the stabilisation of composted organic matter.
2007
A multivariate approach to the study of the composting process by means of analytical electrofocusing / Grigatti M.; Cavani L.; Ciavatta C.. - In: WASTE MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 0956-053X. - STAMPA. - 27(9):9(2007), pp. 1072-1082. [10.1016/j.wasman.2006.05.011]
Grigatti M.; Cavani L.; Ciavatta C.
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