Prediction of the removal efficiency of pharmaceuticals by a rapid spectrophotometric method using Rhodamine B in the UV/H2O2 process

Minhwan Kwon, Seonbaek Kim, Yeojoon Yoon, Youmi Jung, Tae Mun Hwang, Joon Wun Kang

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The aim of this study was to evaluate a rapid spectrophotometric method that measures the OH radical scavenging factor using rhodamine B (RhB) as a means of predicting the removal efficiency of target compounds in a UV/H2O2 process. The OH radical scavenging factor differs considerably among water sources and affects the efficiency of removal of target compounds by the UV/H2O2 process, so an accurate measurement of this factor is important. In this study, RhB was used as an OH radical probe to permit rapid and easy measurement of the OH radical scavenging factor using the ROH,UV concept (ROH,UV-RhB method). A synthetic solution test showed a difference of only 4.7% between the theoretical and measured scavenging factors using the ROH,UV-RhB method, which represents the high accuracy of this method. The degradation rates of three selected pharmaceuticals (sulfamethoxazole, iopromide, and ibuprofen) were then measured in three different natural water sources, and the experimental results were compared with the model prediction value obtained using the ROH,UV-RhB method. Under all 27 test conditions, the average deviation between the experimental and prediction results was less than 6.5%. These results confirmed the accuracy and usefulness of this rapid spectrophotometric method for prediction of the removal efficiency of target compounds by the UV/H2O2 process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-447
Number of pages10
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 15


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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