Advanced mass spectrometric methods applied to the study of fate and removal of pharmaceuticals in wastewater treatment

Radjenović, Jelena, Petrović, Mira and Barceló, Damià (2007) Advanced mass spectrometric methods applied to the study of fate and removal of pharmaceuticals in wastewater treatment. Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 26 11: 1132-1144.


Author Radjenović, Jelena
Petrović, Mira
Barceló, Damià
Title Advanced mass spectrometric methods applied to the study of fate and removal of pharmaceuticals in wastewater treatment
Journal name Trends in Analytical Chemistry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0167-2940
0165-9936
Publication date 2007-12
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.trac.2007.10.002
Volume 26
Issue 11
Start page 1132
End page 1144
Total pages 13
Editor A. Townshend
D. Coleman
Y. Gohshi
Place of publication Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier Scientific
Language eng
Subject 0301 Analytical Chemistry
Formatted abstract This overview is of analytical methodologies based on gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, applied in  environmental monitoring of pharmaceutical residues and their known degradation products. We also consider the ability of time-of-flight (TOF) and quadrupole-TOF instruments to provide sufficiently accurate-mass measurements and full-scan spectra for unequivocal confirmation of target compounds and investigation of their degradation products, which are either known or unknown.

We focus attention on the fate and the behavior of pharmaceutical residues during conventional and advanced wastewater treatments. Wastewater-treatment plants are designed to remove conventional pollutants (e.g., suspended solids and biodegradable organic compounds), but not low concentrations of synthetic pollutants (e.g., pharmaceutically active compounds).

Membrane bioreactor systems represent a new generation of processes that have proved to outperform conventional activated sludge treatment in terms of sludge production and effluent quality. In the past few years, there has been much attention paid to their capability for removing trace organic contaminants from sewage. This review highlights their improved performance in removing pharmaceutical residues from wastewater compared to conventional treatment.
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Keyword Activated sludge treatment
Wastewater treatment
Pharmaceuticals
Membrane bioreactor treatment
Environmental analysis
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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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