Bergendahl, John Andrew
This project studies and compares the removal effectiveness of three ion-exchange resins and granular activated carbon (GAC) on aqueous solutions of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) at pH 5, 7, and 9. After treatment by adsorption, the final concentration of SMX was measured with a UV spectrophotometer. Evaluation of adsorbent effectiveness included the analysis of kinetics and equilibrium data. Results yielded that Filtrasorb 200, Marathon and Optipore worked most successfully due to chemical structuring and specific adsorption characteristics. Experiments also indicated that pH level did not significantly affect the adsorbent effectiveness.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Civil and Environmental Engineering