Date of Award:
Master of Science (MS)
Civil and Environmental Engineering
R. Ryan Dupont
R. Ryan Dupont
Joan E. McLean
Twelve commonly used pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs)(acetaminophen, β-Estradiol, caffeine, carbamazepine, DEET, estrone, gemfibrozil, triclosan, TCEP, sulfamethoxazole, progesterone, fluoxetine) were investigated to determine their fate in biosolids. These compounds were selected due to their wide usage, and varying properties, that makes them representative of many other PPCPs.
Commonly used PPCPs (caffeine commonly found in tea, coffee, chocolate and soda, the pain reliever acetaminophen, and the pesticide DEET) were detected in high amounts in the influent of the Hyrum WWTP and Wellsville sewage lagoons. Although conventional WWTPs are not designed to remove PPCPs from wastewater, some PPCPs, such as acetaminophen, caffeine and DEET, were removed from the wastewater while other PPCPs persisted in the effluent and biosolids.
The application of biosolids to land as fertilizer could introduce PPCPs into the soil, which may be bioavailable to soil flora and fauna. In this study, two solid stabilization processes were investigated to determine their effect on PPCPs removal from biosolids. Composting proved to be an effective option for removing PPCPs from biosolids.
Duodu, Kwame Tweneboah, "Fate of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Duckweed and Waste Activated Sludge Under Aerobic and Anaerobic Solids Stabilization Conditions" (2020). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 7969.
Copyright for this work is retained by the student. If you have any questions regarding the inclusion of this work in the Digital Commons, please email us at .