Faculty Advisor

Bergendahl, John A.

Faculty Advisor

Wobbe, Kristin K.

Abstract

Clofibric Acid (CA) is a biologically active metabolite of fibric acid derivative cholesterol lowering drugs. It and other pharmaceuticals have been found in natural water sources, and may pose a health threat due to their disruption of normal endocrine function in aquatic species, and potentially, humans. This study explored the use of Fenton's reagent, hydrogen peroxide and an iron (II) catalyst, for degrading CA in water. Experiments showed that over 96% of the CA was removed from water and pH and a molar ratio of 23,600 moles H0:7,500 moles Fe?:1 mole CA. Reactor designs were produced from trends in the experimental data.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2003

Major

Biochemistry

Major

Civil Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Advisor Program

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Program

Chemistry and Biochemistry

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