Photo-Fenton Treatment of Antibiotic Wastewater

Elmolla, E. S. and Chaudhuri, M. (2010) Photo-Fenton Treatment of Antibiotic Wastewater. Nature Environment and Pollution Technology, 9 (2). pp. 365-370. ISSN 0972-6268

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The study examined photo-Fenton treatment of an antibiotic wastewater containing amoxicillin and cloxacillin, and evaluated the effect of operating conditions (H2O2/COD molar ratio and H2O2/Fe2+molar ratio) on biodegradability(BOD5/COD ratio) improvement and mineralization. The optimum operating conditions for treatment of the antibiotic wastewater was observed to be H2O2/COD molar ratio 2.5 and H2O2/Fe2+ molar ratio 20 (COD/H2O2/Fe2+ molar ratio 1/2.5/0.125) at pH 3 and reaction time 30 min. Under optimum operating conditions, complete degradation of amoxicillin and cloxacillin occurred in one minute, biodegradability improved from 0.09 to 0.50 ± 0.01 in 30 min, and COD and DOC removal were 67 ± 1% and 51 ± 2%, respectively in 30 min. The study indicated that the photo-Fenton process can be used as pretreatment for antibiotic degradation and biodegradability improvement of antibiotic wastewater containing amoxicillin and cloxacillin.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Departments / MOR / COE:Departments > Civil Engineering
ID Code:2284
Deposited By: Prof Malay Chaudhuri
Deposited On:03 Jun 2010 07:14
Last Modified:19 Jan 2017 08:24

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