Bergendahl, John Andrew
The presence of emerging contaminants in water has become a serious concern in recent times. There are no standard treatment processes designed to remove pharmaceuticals, such as ibuprofen (IBP), from drinking water. The objective of this project was to study the adsorption of IBP from water onto different adsorbents. The adsorbents evaluated included Filtrasorb 200 GAC, PWA PAC, Purolite A530E, Amberlite XAD-4, Amberlite XAD-7, and Optipore L-493. The concentration of IBP after treatment was quantified using a UV-vis spectrophotometer. All adsorbents with the exception of Amberlite XAD-7 achieved at least 96% removal. Amberlite XAD-7 did not provide adequate removal. However, PWA PAC and Purolite A530E were significantly more efficient in removing IBP from water.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Civil and Environmental Engineering