Amoxicillin degradation at ppb levels by Fenton's oxidation using design of experiments Science of the Total Environment

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Science of The Total Environment (Impact Factor: 4.1). 11/2010; 408(24):6272-80. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2010.08.058
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A central composite factorial design methodology was employed to optimise the amoxicillin degradation using the Fenton's oxidation treatment. In this study, the variables considered for the process optimisation were the hydrogen peroxide and ferrous ion initial concentrations and the temperature, for an antibiotic concentration of 450μg L(-1) at pH=3.5. This methodology also allowed assessing and identifying the effects of the different factors studied and their interactions in the process response. An appropriate quadratic model was developed in order to plot the response surface and contour curves, which was used to perform the process optimisation. From this study, it was concluded that ferrous ion concentration and temperature were the variables that most influenced the response. Under the optimal conditions (hydrogen peroxide concentration=3.50-4.28mg L(-1), ferrous ion concentration=254-350μg L(-1) and temperature=20-30°C), it was possible to achieve total amoxicillin degradation after 30min of reaction.

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    • "These compounds eliminate the effective micro-organisms required in biological wastewater treatment [6] and decrease the efficiency of the treatment plants [9]. Antibiotics are resistant to biodegradation process; therefore , the conventional wastewater treatment methods, are not capable of removing these compounds [6]. Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) is an efficient environmentally friendly method in which hydroxyl radicals (OH˚) are used to oxidize recalcitrant organic pollutants and convert them to harmless end products such as H 2 O and CO 2 [10]. "
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    ABSTRACT: In recent years, antibiotics have been considered as serious contaminants due to their high consumption and persistence in the aquatic environment. Currently, amoxicillin is one of the most widely used antibiotics and its emission into the environment encounters numerous health and environmental hazards. The main objectives of this research were focused on assessing the feasibility of using Fenton reagent in removing amoxicillin and determining the optimal conditions using Taguchi method. In addition, its effect on the rate of mineralization, biodegradation, and the removal efficiency of COD were studied. The Taguchi method was used to optimize variables and their levels using Qualitek-4 (w32b) software. The optimum values of the response variables were predicted using signal-to-noise ratio (S/N). The influence of different parameters including the initial concentration of amoxicillin, H2O2 concentration, Fe(II) concentration, pH, and reaction time at four different levels on the removal of amoxicillin in the aqueous phase were investigated. The removal efficiencies at initial concentrations of amoxicillin 10, 100, 200, and 500 mg/L were 68.64, 95.385, 98, and 99.3%, respectively. Process optimization by Taguchi method suggests that the optimal conditions for the removal of amoxicillin in the aqueous phase are as follows: the initial amoxicillin concentration of 500 mg/L, Fe(II) concentration of 5.0 mg/L, H2O2 concentration of 500 mg/L, pH 3, and the reaction time of 15 min; and level of significance for the study parameters were 60.228, 26.369, 5.638, 4.373, and 3.392, respectively. The maximum removal efficiency of COD and mineralization rate were 71.3 and 36.3%, respectively. The biodegradation rate was also increased from 0 to 0.738. In conclusion, our study demonstrated that Fenton process may enhance the rate of amoxicillin degradation in polluted water and could be used as a pretreatment step for the biological removal. The results also indicate that the Taguchi experimental design can simply predict the optimal conditions for the removal of amoxicillin in the aqueous phase using Fenton process.
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    • "Additionally, Pereira et al. (2013a, 2013b); Pereira et al. (2014) reported on the removal of antibiotics such as Amoxicillin, Oxytetracycline and Oxolinic Acid from aqueous solutions by solar TiO 2 -assisted photocatalysis and by the ferrioxalate-mediated solar photo- Fenton process using a pilot-plant equipped with compound parabolic collectors (CPCs). Although Amoxicillin has been previously subject to several degradation studies via various AOPs (Ay and Kargi, 2011; Dimitrakopoulou et al., 2012; Homem et al., 2010; Mavronikola et al., 2009; Trov o et al., 2011), none has focused on the removal of common transformation products resulting from the slow transformation that the parent compound undergoes in aquatic environments (Gozlan et al., 2013; L€ angin et al., 2009; N€ agele and Moritz, 2005). In this way, the aim of this study was to evaluate a multistage treatment for AMX-spiked solutions combining: i) a biological treatment step to metabolize the AMX molecule, with ii) a solar photocatalytic system to achieve the mineralization of the transformation products (TPs), recalcitrant to further biological removal. "
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    ABSTRACT: The contamination of the aquatic environment by non-metabolized and metabolized antibiotic residues has brought the necessity of alternative treatment steps to current water decontamination technologies. This work assessed the feasibility of using a multistage treatment system for amoxicillin (AMX) spiked solutions combining: i) a biological treatment process using an enriched culture to metabolize AMX, with ii) a solar photocatalytic system to achieve the removal of the metabolized transformation products (TPs) identified via LC-MS, recalcitrant to further biological degradation. Firstly, a mixed culture (MC) was obtained through the enrichment of an activated sludge sample collected in an urban wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). Secondly, different aqueous matrices spiked with AMX were treated with the MC and the metabolic transformation products were identified. Thirdly, the efficiency of two solar assisted photocatalytic processes (TiO2/UV or Fe(3+)/Oxalate/H2O2/UV-Vis) was assessed in the degradation of the obtained TPs using a lab-scale prototype photoreactor equipped with a compound parabolic collector (CPC). Highest AMX specific biodegradation rates were obtained in buffer and urban wastewater (WW) media (0.10 ± 0.01 and 0.13 ± 0.07 gAMX gbiomass(-1) h(-1), respectively). The resulting TPs, which no longer presented antibacterial activity, were identified as amoxicilloic acid (m/z = 384). The performance of the Fe(3+)/Oxalate/H2O2/UV-Vis system in the removal of the TPs from WW medium was superior to the TiO2/UV process (TPs no longer detected after 40 min (QUV = 2.6 kJ L(-1)), against incomplete TPs removal after 240 min (QUV = 14.9 kJ L(-1)), respectively).
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    • "Some characteristics of Fenton reaction include (a) high performance, (b) simple technology, (c) low cost, (d) application of reagents with low toxicity [10] and (e) be effective in degradation of toxic and non-biodegradable pollutants [11]. Oxidation results of amoxicillin antibiotic by Fenton indicated that this compound can completely remove under optimal conditions of temperature, hydrogen peroxide and ferrous ion after 30 min reaction time [10]. Also, it has reported that Fenton reaction and ozonation enable to eliminate over 90% oxytetracycline from manure [12]. "
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    ABSTRACT: : Presence of antibiotics in the environment may cause potential risk for aquatic environment and organisms. In this research, Fenton oxidation process was offered as an effective method for removal of antibiotic sulfamethoxazole from aqueous solutions. The experiments were performed on laboratory-scale study under complete mixing at 25+/-2[degree sign]C. The effects of initial antibiotic concentration, molar ratio of H2O2/ Fe+2, solution pH, concentration of H2O2, Fe+2 and reaction time was studied on the oxidation of sulfamethoxazole in three level. The results indicated that the optimal parameters for Fenton process were as follows: molar ratio of [H2O2] / [Fe+2] = 1.5, pH= 4.5, and contact time= 15 min. In this situation, the antibiotic removal and COD reduction were achieved 99.99% and 64.7-70.67%, respectively. Although, Fenton reaction could effectively degrade antibiotic sulfamethoxazole under optimum experimental conditions, however, the rate of mineralization was not completed. This process can be considered to eliminate other refractory antibiotics with similar structure or to increase their biodegradability.
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