Heterogeneous photocatalysis is one of the most studied and promising techniques for degradation of contaminants of emerging concern, especially pharmaceuticals, and it represents a potential application in wastewater treatment of recalcitrant pollutants, such as fluoroquinolones, which are almost not abated by standard WWTPs. Although photodegradation partially contributes to alleviate their accumulation into the aquatic systems, heterogeneous photocatalysis assures complete sequestration and mineralization of FQs and their photoproducts and offers many advantages with respect to the other advanced oxidation processes (AOPs). The present brief review summarizes the most recent studies regarding the development and application of novel photocatalytic materials to the removal of FQs from contaminated waters. The collected data are arranged relating the mechanistic aspects to specific catalysts' properties, such as adsorption capacity, easy recovery, and reusability, especially under actual conditions.[GRAPHICS].

Current advances on the photocatalytic degradation of fluoroquinolones: photoreaction mechanism and environmental application

Pretali, Luca;Fasani, Elisa;Sturini, Michela
2022-01-01

Abstract

Heterogeneous photocatalysis is one of the most studied and promising techniques for degradation of contaminants of emerging concern, especially pharmaceuticals, and it represents a potential application in wastewater treatment of recalcitrant pollutants, such as fluoroquinolones, which are almost not abated by standard WWTPs. Although photodegradation partially contributes to alleviate their accumulation into the aquatic systems, heterogeneous photocatalysis assures complete sequestration and mineralization of FQs and their photoproducts and offers many advantages with respect to the other advanced oxidation processes (AOPs). The present brief review summarizes the most recent studies regarding the development and application of novel photocatalytic materials to the removal of FQs from contaminated waters. The collected data are arranged relating the mechanistic aspects to specific catalysts' properties, such as adsorption capacity, easy recovery, and reusability, especially under actual conditions.[GRAPHICS].
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