Faculty Advisor

Bergendahl, John Andrew

Faculty Advisor

Thompson, Robert W.


Contamination of water sources with compounds of emerging concern, such as ciprofloxacin (CIP), is becoming a large problem. Current water treatment facilities are not designed to remove pharmaceuticals. The objective of this project was to study the degradation of CIP from water through reactions with oxidative treatments. Reactants included hypochlorite, potassium permanganate, potassium ferrate, persulfate and Fenton’s reaction. The concentration of CIP after treatment was quantified using a UV spectrophotometer. Potassium ferrate, Fenton’s reaction and hypochlorite achieved over 90% removal. Persulfate and potassium permanganate did not achieve complete removal with the dosages administered. All treatment methods achieved greater extents of removal with greater dosages of oxidant.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering