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On the role of salts for the treatment of wastewaters containing pharmaceuticals by electrochemical oxidation using a boron doped diamond anode

Lan, Yandi and Coetsier, Clémence and Causserand, Christel and Groenen Serrano, Karine On the role of salts for the treatment of wastewaters containing pharmaceuticals by electrochemical oxidation using a boron doped diamond anode. (2017) Electrochimica Acta, 231. 309-318. ISSN 0013-4686

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2017.01.160


Refractory pharmaceuticals remain in biologically treated wastewater and are continuously discharged into aquatic systems due to their limited biodegradability. Electrochemical oxidation is promising for the treatment of such refractory compounds, in particular using a boron doped diamond (BDD) anode. This study investigates the role of salts, such as sulfates and chlorides in the electrochemical treatment of wastewater. The presence of sulfates accelerated the removal of ciprofloxacin and sulfamethoxazole, but had no effect on the oxidation of salbutamol. This comparison highlights the selectivity of the reaction between organics and sulfate radicals. The addition of chlorides into the solution led to a remarkably-faster degradation of ciprofloxacin. However, incomplete mineralization was observed at high current densities due to the significant formation of halogenated organic compounds (AOX). The formation of refractory and toxic compounds such as ClO4− and AOX can be limited under the control of (i) applied current intensity and (ii) duration of electrolysis. Electrochemical oxidation of concentrated biologically-treated hospital wastewater investigated the excellent removal of biorefractory pharmaceuticals and confirmed the acceleration effect of salts on pharmaceutical degradation.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com The original PDF of the article can be found at : https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013468617301998
HAL Id:hal-01679671
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Laboratory name:
China scholarship council - French National Research Agency - Laboratoire Départemental 31: Eau-Vétérinaire- Air - Sophie Chambers
Deposited On:10 Jan 2018 09:26

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