Faculty Advisor

Bergendahl, John Andrew

Faculty Advisor

Thompson, Robert W.


The objective of this project was to study removal and degradation of ciprofloxacin (CIP) from water utilizing three treatment methods at pH 3, 7, and 10. Treatments included ultraviolet light (UV) photolysis, UV with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) degradation, and adsorption to two types of granular activated carbons (GAC). Results showed that all treatment methods evaluated were capable of removing high concentrations of CIP from water. The addition of H2O2 to UV treatment doubled the rate of CIP degradation. Both UV treatments were found to be most successful at pH 3. Experiments also showed that CIP had a higher affinity for adsorption to F200 GAC than F600 GAC. All adsorption treatments were most successful at pH 7.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering