Online COD & BOD Analyzer for Real-Time Monitoring

MANTECH’s Online MO1000 PeCOD Analyzer

Online PeCOD® for chemical oxygen demand (COD) and estimated biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) analysis is designed to improve process control, optimize treatment and ensure compliant discharging with real-time results. Utilizing MANTECH’s innovative PeCOD® analyzer, the MO1000 delivers empirical results with the use of non-hazardous reagents. Simply set sampling intervals and receive results to your email and SCADA for hands-free analysis.

Combine several parameters (pH, alkalinity, conductivity, ammonia and more) for regulatory compliance.

Minimal User Interaction

Set sampling intervals with built-in features to minimize human interaction.

Empirical Results

A true measure of COD and estimated BOD NOT based on optical or surrogate measurements.

Maximize Your Investment

Combine analysis of pH, alkalinity, conductivity, ammonia and more.

Modbus TCP

+ Export in CSV and email results.

Online COD Analyzer Optimizes Treatment for Leading Pulp & Paper Mill

One of the world’s leading makers of tissue, pulp, packaging and building products adopts PeCOD®  to deliver real-time COD results for aeration basin optimization. Generating a minimum of 100,000 liters of wastewater daily, monitoring COD (chemical oxygen demand) is critical for keeping the aeration basins operating at optimal levels.

This is a pilot project began with MANTECH’s benchtop PeCOD® analyzer to generate rapid, reliable and empirical COD results. Due to the overall scale of the treatment facility and success of PeCOD®’s actionable COD results, the pulp and paper mill invested in an online system for autonomous analysis, MANTECH’s MO1000. By leveraging hourly COD results on a 24hr basis 7 days a week with MANTECH’s MO1000 system, real-time feedback via Modbus communication protocols can be utilized to make timely and effective decisions on how operators optimize their aeration basins and overall treatment.

“The peCOD L100 unit provided similar CODcr results in minutes allowing us to make process improvements quicker.”

– Associate Process Engineer, Irving Paper Limited

“Speed of (PeCOD® COD) results creates a more efficient process and really drives clean compliance for us which is critical.”

– Ian Culverwell, General Manager of Clean Harbors Guelph Facility

“The PeCOD® is very user friendly and accurate, Though for me the best aspect of the PeCOD® is how fast the test is! This revolutionary piece of equipment is a fast but powerful way of COD analysis, giving consistent and quality results every test!”

– James Bissell, Bridgnorth Aluminium

Multiple Configurations, Same Technology

Benchtop analyzer is also available to efficiently measure multiple treatment points for troubleshooting purposes. Whether online or benchtop, it’s the exact same technology – making it ideal for current PeCOD customers to easily upgrade to online configuration.

Other Applications

  • Municipal & industrial wastewater treatment plants
  • Pulp & paper mills
  • Food & beverage producers
  • Drinking water treatment plants

At the core of technology is the PeCOD® sensor. The oxidation process is comprise of a UV-activated nanoparticle TiO2 (titanium dioxide) photocatalyst coupled to an external circuit to measure the charge generated. This rapid advanced oxidation process (AOP) produces hydroxyl radicals to measure the oxygen demand utilizing green chemistry therefore, NO high temperature digestion of hazardous chemicals is required.

PeCOD® is no surrogate method, but rather an empirical analyzer to handle varying matrices. It is trusted in 100s of municipal and industrial treatment plants, academic institutions, pulp and paper mills, wineries, breweries, biogas refineries, mining and petrochemical operations, and more!

PeCOD® is utilized as a tool for internal process control and discharge compliance monitoring, not as an approved method for compliance reporting.


  • Method type: Photoelectrochemical oxygen demand
  • Measuring range: 0.7 mg/L- 15,000 mg/L (auto-dilution capability to extend range to 200,000+ mg/L)
  • Precision: +/- 10%

Communication Protocols Supported:

  • Modbus TCP
  • CSV to network location
  • Email to multiple inboxes


  • Minimum of 30” W x 36” H x 16” D area protected from the elements
  • Unpressurized tank or split stream reservoir (for sampling)
  • Potable or deionized water source (for rinsing)
  • Floor drain or carboy (for non-hazardous waste)
  • Standard electricity source of 110-240V 50/60Hz

Sample Matrices Requirements:

  • Particle size: <50μm (homogenizer can be provided)
  • pH range: 4 – 10 (after reagent addition)
  • Temperature: 5° to 50° C

MO1000 PeCOD Analyzer FAQ

  • How does the PeCOD method compare to BOD, TOC, and conventional COD?

    There are several common methods to test wastewater and drinking water for organic pollutants, natural and chemical.  Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) and, Total Organic Carbon (TOC) compromise the three main methods of testing water samples.  BOD and COD methods differ from TOC because they measure the amount of oxygen that is depleted by organic species in water.  Moreover, TOC is a measure of all carbon (both organic and inorganic), rather than the oxygen that is reduced by these species.  As written by a TOC manufacturer, “TOC on its own sheds no light on the oxidizability of the measured carbon or the amount of oxygen needed for its biodegradation.  Specific to COD, it measures the reactive fraction of the TOC.  This is also known as oxidizability in the European Union.

    View the full article: Comparison of COD, BOD and TOC Methods for organics, which summarizes the advantages and disadvantages of the COD, BOD and TOC methods, and compares them to the PeCOD method.


  • How many PeCOD samples can be analyzed with the reagent starter kit I received?

    New PeCOD Analyzer orders typically include a slurry reagent starter kit providing the consumables to run the PeCOD analysis. These kits consist of Electrolyte, Calibrant, and Secondary Standard slurry reagents. Electrolyte is the reagent that is mixed with each sample, therefore it is typically the reagent to be used up first, requiring the user to purchase more from MANTECH. It is useful to know on average how many samples can be run with the electrolyte provided in the standard reagent starter kits, therefore we provide this information below.

    You will need to know the color operating range of your PeCOD (Adv. Blue, Green, Yellow, or Red). If you plan to run a single analysis per sample, use the left column for 10mL total volume. If you require duplicate or triplicate analysis per sample, use the right column for 20mL total volume. Depending on how many samples are run per calibration, these numbers may vary.

    10mL Total Volume – Single Analysis 20mL Total Volume – Duplicate and Triplicate Analysis
    For Advanced Blue range (3:1):

    • 7.5mL sample required
    • 2.5mL electrolyte required
    • 2L electrolyte provided in starter kit
    • 800 samples can be run
    For Advanced Blue range (3:1):

    • 15mL sample required
    • 5mL electrolyte required
    • 2L electrolyte provided in starter kit
    • 400 samples can be run
    For Green range (1:1):

    • 5mL sample required
    • 5mL electrolyte required
    • 2L electrolyte provided in starter kit
    • 400 samples can be run
    For Green range (1:1):

    • 10mL sample required
    • 10mL electrolyte required
    • 2L electrolyte provided in starter kit
    • 200 samples can be run
    For Yellow range (1:9):

    • 1mL sample required
    • 9mL electrolyte required
    • 2L provided in starter kit
    • 222 samples can be run
    For Yellow range (1:9):

    • 2mL sample required
    • 18mL electrolyte required
    • 2L provided in starter kit
    • 111 samples can be run
    For Red range (1:49):

    • 0.2mL sample required
    • 9.8mL electrolyte required
    • 2L provided in starter kit
    • 204 samples can be run
    For Red range (1:49):

    • 0.4mL sample required
    • 19.6mL electrolyte required
    • 2L provided in starter kit
    • 102 samples can be run
    Number of samples that can be run with 10L bottle of electrolyte:

    • Adv. Blue range, 4000 samples
    • Green range, 2000 samples
    • Yellow range, 1111 samples
    • Red range, 1020 samples
    Number of samples that can be run with 10L bottle of electrolyte:

    • Adv. Blue range, 2000 samples
    • Green range, 1000 samples
    • Yellow range, 555 samples
    • Red range, 510 samples
    Note: 5x Electrolyte slurry packages are required for making up 10L.


  • How does the PeCOD Analyzer calculate COD?

    The PeCOD Analyzer performs advanced oxidation on a small volume of sample. As the reaction proceeds, electrical charge is generated proportional to the oxygen being consumed. The PeCOD analyzer captures this generated charge, plotting the output current from the reaction over time as shown below. The area under the curve generated by plotting current over time is proportional to the COD of the sample. A blank charge is also determined for each sample, and subtracted from the total charge to ensure accuracy.

    View the detailed overview of PeCOD technology and calculations here.

    peCOD Oxidation Profile


  • What is the primary mechanism of PeCOD chemistry?

    The primary driver of the peCOD method chemistry is advanced oxidation induced by photocatalysis with Titanium Dioxide (TiO2). Pure TiO2 is only photo-active at wavelengths below 380 nm. This is because a certain amount of light energy is required to bump the electrons around and cause the behaviors that we associate with photocatalysis. The UV LED in the PeCOD® COD Analyzer operates at a peak wavelength of 365 nm, with a minimum 360 nm and maximum 370 nm, ensuring that efficient photocatalysis is achieved.

    peCOD Sensor Technology


  • What pH range can the PeCOD method measure in?

    pH Range: 4.0 – 10.0  (after mixing with electrolyte)

    The peCOD method requires that the pH of a sample AFTER being mixed with electrolyte must be between 4 – 10. To determine if a sample must be pH-adjusted, mix the sample with peCOD electrolyte at the proper mixing ratio for your COD range, then test the pH of the mixture.

    For example, the sample may have a pH of 3.0, but then after preparing with electrolyte, the pH is in the required range, therefore, it is acceptable for immediate peCOD measurement.

    If samples have been preserved in acid, they should be neutralized using sodium hydroxide prior to analysis to avoid a low reading, as well as damage to the sensor. When the sample pH is below 4, the photocatalytic oxidation at the TiO2 sensor is affected, leading to poor reproducibility and charge values below theoretical expectation. Below a pH of 2, the TiO2 displays instability. When the pH is above 10, the charge measured for the reference and sample solution yield lower than expected values, again caused by interference at the TiO2 sensor. Sulphuric acid should be used to lower the pH of samples with a pH of 10 or more.



  • What are the PeCOD electrolyte and calibrant solutions composed of?

    The PeCOD electrolyte solution is mainly composed of a low-concentration lithium nitrate solution. The PeCOD calibrant and check standard solutions supplied by MANTECH are composed of sorbitol.  These solutions contain a trade recipe preservative that allow for the longer shelf life, compared to solutions prepared manually. Calibrant and check standard solutions prepared manually, following the PeCOD Standard Recipe, can be used for up to two weeks.

    View the PeCOD electrolyte slurry SDS here.

    View the PeCOD calibrant slurry SDS here.

    View the PeCOD QC check standard slurry SDS here.

    View the PeCOD blank slurry SDS here.

  • Will PeCOD correlate with my Dichromate COD results?

    There is a strong correlation between the PeCOD COD results and the dichromate COD results. To determine this, the two methods were compared vs. the theoretical oxygen demand (ThOD) for 34 organic species. See MANTECH’s technical bulletin for more information on the study.

  • How is the PeCOD® COD/BOD Analyzer calibrated?

    Calibrations are comprised of 6 different stages. The first stage is called the “Normalization Phase” and lasts 100 seconds. During this time, the LED strength is adjusted to maintain a baseline electrical current of 20 mA. This is performed on the blank solution, containing range specific electrolyte and COD free deionized water. Once the LED is set, oxidation of the blank solution will occur. This is comprised of 3 stages, visualized by 3 distinct curves. The stages are known as the Burn-In, Pre-Burn, and Oxidation of port B. The blank acts as a zero reference for the calibration based on the charge generated from the DI and electrolyte mixture. The area under the curve is used to quantify charge. Once the Port B stages have completed, the Port A stages will begin. The calibrant and electrolyte mixture is introduced across the TiO2 sensor, where similar Pre-Burn and Oxidation curves are generated. The concentration of the calibrant is determined based on the sample COD/BOD range. Once the specified number of calibrations have completed, the calibrant solution can be run as a sample (referred to as a QC check). It is expected that the COD result will be + / – 5% of the standard COD/BOD value. To view an example of the stages of a PeCOD® calibration, view our video here.

  • What is the cost per sample using the PeCOD?

    On average, the cost per sample can range anywhere from $2.44-$3.00 per sample. The cost per sample varies depending on the COD/BOD range and the number of samples analyzed, as this affects consumable usage such as calibrant, electrolyte and sensors. In general, the cost per sample decreases with an increase in the number of samples. There are several reasons for this, one being that the sensor should be replace monthly, therefore running more samples per month will yield a better return on sensor usage. In addition, the PeCOD® requires a daily calibration; by running more samples per calibration users save on consumable costs associated with calibrant. There are no disposal costs for the PeCOD, whereas disposal costs accumulate via the traditional dichromate method with every sample vial.

    *All prices in USD

  • How do inorganic compounds affect PeCOD® COD determination?

    The following tables summarize the impact of a range of common inorganic anions and cations on the determination of COD using the PeCOD® technique. You can download this FAQ as a pdf document at this link.

    For each inorganic species, solutions containing 0, 20, 50, 100, 250, 500 ppm (by mass) of the anion or cation, 60ppm COD (as sorbitol) and 1M LiNO3 (containing 20ppm COD spike) were prepared and analyzed, unless otherwise stated. Therefore, the below ion concentrations represent the concentration IN THE CELL (i.e. if analyzed in a different range, the interference levels may vary due to different electrolyte dilution effects).


    Anions Formula Remark
    Ammonium NH4+ No interference for NH4+ ≤ 500 ppm

    Note: Similar results are obtained for Ammonia

    Carbonate CO32- No interference for CO32- ≤ 500ppm using chloride resistant sensor
    Chlorate ClO3 No interference for ClO3 ≤ 500ppm
    Chloride Cl No interference for Cl < 200 ppm. COD reduced by up to 20% at Cl- levels of 500ppm using Chloride resistant sensor. Other halides (F-, Br-, I-) would be expected to behave in the same manner
    Nitrate NO3 No interference, NO3 can be used as PeCOD electrolyte
    Nitrite NO2 No interference for NO2 ≤ 500ppm
    Perchlorate ClO4 No interference, ClO4 can be used as PeCOD electrolyte
    Phosphate PO43- No interference for PO43- ≤ 500ppm
    Sulfate SO42- No interference for SO42- ≤ 500ppm
    Sulfite SO32- Interference for SO3 ≥ 20 ppm, giving COD high by 90% at 250 ppm SO32-
    Sulfide S2- Interference for S2- > 0 ppm, giving COD high by >100% at 50 ppm S2-


    Cations Formula Remark
    Aluminum Al3+ No interference for Al3+ ≤ 500ppm
    Calcium Ca2+ No interference for Ca2+ ≤ 500ppm
    Chromate Cr3+ Interference for Cr3+ > 2 ppm, giving low COD
    Ferric Iron Fe3+ No interference for Fe3+ ≤ 500ppm
    Ferrous Iron Fe2+ Interference for Fe2+ > 100 ppm, giving low COD
    Magnesium Mg2+ No interference for Mg2+ ≤ 500ppm
    Potassium K+ No interference for K+ ≤ 500ppm
    Silver Ag+ Interference for Ag+ > 10 ppm, giving low COD
    Sodium Na+ No interference for Na+ ≤ 500ppm
    Zinc Zn2+ No interference for Zn2+ ≤ 500ppm