Faculty Advisor

Bergendahl, John Andrew

Faculty Advisor

Thompson, Robert W.


The objective of this project was to determine if Zeolite 13X, Zeolite Y and Mordenite can aid in the removal of ciprofloxacin from water. To assess their adsorption abilities the zeolites were studied under varying conditions including pH, initial concentration of ciprofloxacin, initial mass of zeolites and initial volume of the samples. This study demonstrated that the zeolites all exhibit an affinity for adsorbing ciprofloxacin. The optimal pH range was found to be from 4 to 7, and a basic pH was demonstrated to be unfavorable. It was determined that Zeolite Y possessed the highest adsorption capacity. Ozonation was demonstrated to be moderately effective in regenerating zeolites to their original condition.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2013


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering