Remediation of water pollution caused by pharmaceutical residues based on electrochemical separation and degradation technologies: A review

We present an overview on the electrochemical methods devised for the treatment of pharmaceutical residues from both, synthetic solutions and real pharmaceutical wastewaters

Ignasi Sirés

2011

Scholarcy highlights

  • In the last years, the decontamination and disinfection of waters by means of direct or integrated electrochemical processes are being considered as a very appealing alternative due to the significant improvement of the electrode materials and the coupling with low-cost renewable energy sources
  • Recent reviews have focused on the removal of pharmaceutical residues upon the application of other important methods like ozonation and advanced oxidation processes
  • We present an overview on the electrochemical methods devised for the treatment of pharmaceutical residues from both, synthetic solutions and real pharmaceutical wastewaters
  • ► The contamination of waterbodies by pharmaceutical residues is a hot environmental topic and will remain in the limelight. ► Emerging electrochemical technologies for separation and degradation of pharmaceuticals contained in waters are reviewed. ► The electrochemical advanced oxidation processes have shown a high oxidation ability due to the in-situ generation of ·OH. ► The solar photoelectro-Fenton process is foreseen as one of the most promising methods to handle this environmental concern

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