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Nanomaterials for the Abatement of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products from Wastewater

Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Turin, Italy
INSTM Unit of Torino-Politecnico, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy
Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(2), 170;
Received: 19 December 2017 / Revised: 12 January 2018 / Accepted: 15 January 2018 / Published: 25 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanotechnology in Wastewater Treatment Technology)
In this short-review, the most common types of both pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCP, a class of “emerging pollutants”) are considered, as well as some of the most frequent methods for their removal that envisage the use of nanomaterials. The nanomaterials used in conservative methods (namely, reverse osmosis, nanofiltration and adsorption) are basically nanoporous solids. Non-conservative methods, which include photocatalysis and Fenton reaction, are currently considered more promising than conservative ones, as the former allow the (at least) partial degradation of the original molecules into more biodegradable by-products, which can be further abated by subsequent biological treatments, whereas the former are not efficient for the removal of small quantities of pollutants and have to be regenerated. View Full-Text
Keywords: emerging pollutants; PPCPs; photocatalysis; nanomaterials emerging pollutants; PPCPs; photocatalysis; nanomaterials
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Freyria, F.S.; Geobaldo, F.; Bonelli, B. Nanomaterials for the Abatement of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products from Wastewater. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 170.

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