Effective Pharmaceutical Wastewater Degradation via SCWO with Ethylene Glycol
Yu Rong
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College of Resources and Environment, Southwest University, PRC, 400000 China
Submission date: 2014-05-29
Acceptance date: 2014-07-01
Publication date: 2015-02-06
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2015;24(1):249–252
Pharmaceutical wastewaters are generated through complex manufacturing processes that contain a variety of organic and inorganic constituents, and are usually characterized by a high concentration of chemical oxygen demand (COD), suspended solids, dissolved solids (salts), toxicity, and refractory compounds. Therefore, it must be treated. The treatment of a pharmaceutical wastewater (PWW) using the supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) method was investigated to improve the degradation of the complex-mixture of organic compounds present in the wastewater. The effects of H2O2 dosage, reaction time, temperature, initial COD, and concentration of ethylene glycol on COD removal were studied with laboratory bench-scale experiments. The results indicated that the removal process was more effective under experimental conditions. Adding ethylene glycol accelerates the destruction of pharmaceutical wastewater. The best COD removal of pharmaceutical wastewater reached 97.8%. This investigation will provide a fundamental method for developing a pretreatment method of industrial pharmaceutical wastewater with flexibility, simplicity and high activity.