Recent advances in photodegradation of antibiotic residues in water

Xiuru Yang, Zhi Chen, Wan Zhao, Chunxi Liu, Xiaoxiao Qian, Ming Zhang, Guoying Wei, Eakalak Khan, Yun Hau Ng, Yong Sik Ok

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Abstract

Antibiotics are widely present in the environment due to their extensive and long-term use in modern medicine. The presence and dispersal of these compounds in the environment lead to the dissemination of antibiotic residues, thereby seriously threatening human and ecosystem health. Thus, the effective management of antibiotic residues in water and the practical applications of the management methods are long-term matters of contention among academics. Particularly, photocatalysis has attracted extensive interest as it enables the treatment of antibiotic residues in an eco-friendly manner. Considerable progress has been achieved in the implementation of photocatalytic treatment of antibiotic residues in the past few years. Therefore, this review provides a comprehensive overview of the recent developments on this important topic. This review primarily focuses on the application of photocatalysis as a promising solution for the efficient decomposition of antibiotic residues in water. Particular emphasis was laid on improvement and modification strategies, such as augmented light harvesting, improved charge separation, and strengthened interface interaction, all of which enable the design of powerful photocatalysts to enhance the photocatalytic removal of antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126806
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Volume405
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb 1

Keywords

  • Advanced materials
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Green and sustainable remediation
  • High-performance photocatalyst
  • Reaction mechanisms for photodegradation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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