Removal of emerging contaminants in sewage water subjected toadvanced oxidation with ozone
Scholar | Other documents of the author: Ibáñez Martínez, María; Gracia Lor, Emma; Bijlsma, Lubertus; Morales Cavero, Eduardo; Pastor, L.
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TitleRemoval of emerging contaminants in sewage water subjected toadvanced oxidation with ozone
Advanced oxidation processes (AOP) based on ozone treatments, assisted by ultrasounds, have been investigated at a pilot-plant scale in order to evaluate the removal of emerging contaminants in sewage water. Around ... [+]
Advanced oxidation processes (AOP) based on ozone treatments, assisted by ultrasounds, have been investigated at a pilot-plant scale in order to evaluate the removal of emerging contaminants in sewage water. Around 60 emerging contaminants, mainly pharmaceuticals from different therapeutically classes and drugs of abuse, have been determined in urban wastewater samples (treated and untreated) by LC–MS/MS. In a first step, the removal efficiency of these contaminants in conventional sewage water treatment plants was evaluated. Our results indicate that most of the compounds were totally or partially removed during the treatment process of influent wastewater. Up to 30 contaminants were quantified in the influent and effluent samples analysed, being antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, cholesterol lowering statin drugs and angiotensin II receptor antagonists the most frequently detected. Regarding drugs of abuse, cocaine and its metabolite benzoylecgonine were the most frequent. In a second step, the effectiveness of AOP in the removal of emerging contaminants remaining in the effluent was evaluated. Ozone treatments have been proven to be highly efficient in the removal, notably decreasing the concentrations for most of the emerging contaminants present in the water samples. The use of ultrasounds, alone or assisting ozone treatments, has been shown less effective, being practically unnecessary. [-]
Bibliographic citationIBÁÑEZ, M., et al. Removal of emerging contaminants in sewage water subjected to advanced oxidation with ozone. Journal of hazardous materials, 2013, 260: 389-398.
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