Evaluation of a fast wastewater odour characterisation procedure using a chemical sensor array

Ozturk Z. Z., Tasaltin C., Engin G. O., Gurek A. G., Atilla D., Ahsen V., ...More

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT, vol.151, pp.369-375, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Sewage treatment works are one of the major sources that cause atmospheric odour pollution. The increase in the number of complaints about odour nuisance is due to the increase in environmental concerns. Unfortunately, the legislation on odour nuisance from sewage treatment works is very limited. In order to determine suitable thresholds on which to base legal standards, reliable and efficient odour measurement methods need to be defined. A chemical sensor array was developed for the purpose of measuring wastewater odour. This paper describes the development of the chemical sensor system which is specifically tuned to odours of wastewater origin and which can give an electronic measure of the wastewater odours. Odour emissions from a wastewater treatment facility were detected by using a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) sensor array. The array consists of nine sensor elements, which were coated with different materials. In this paper, the usage of these novel instruments in the water industry was shown.