Bergendahl, John Andrew
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
Major Qualifying Project
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Civil and Environmental Engineering