Published in: Holistic Approach Environ. 1(2011) 2, pp. 59 – 70
Paper reference number: HAE-5
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ADVANCED OXIDATION PROCESSES (AOPs) APPLIED FOR WASTEWATER AND DRINKING WATER TREATMENT. ELIMINATION OF PHARMACEUTICALS
Mira Petrovic*, Jelena Radjenovic*, Damia Barcelo*
* Dept.of Environmental Chemistry, Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Studies, Spanish Council of Scientific Research, Barcelona, Spain
Due to their insufficient removal in conventional wastewater treatments, advanced drinking and wastewater treatment options should be considered for the removal of pharmaceutically active compounds (PhACs) from urban, hospital and industrial wastewaters. This paper summarizes the current state-of-the-art in two often applied advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), namely TiO2 assisted photocatalysis and photo-Fenton process. Their possibilities in removing PhACs are discussed, giving examples for several most studied compounds.
Keywords: advanced oxidation processes, solar photocatalysis, pharmaceuticals, wastewater, transformation products