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Advances in Environmental Research
  Volume 7, Number 3, September 2018 , pages 213-223

Comparison of TiO2 and ZnO catalysts for heterogenous photocatalytic removal of vancomycin B
Giusy Lofrano, Can Burak Özkal, Maurizio Carotenuto and Süreyya Meriç

    Continuous input into the aquatic ecosystem and persistent structures have created concern of antibiotics, primarily due to the potential for the development of antimicrobial resistance. Degradation kinetics and mineralization of vancomycin B (VAN-B) by photocatalysis using TiO2 and ZnO nanoparticles was monitored at natural pH conditions. Photocatalysis (PC) efficiency was followed by means of UV absorbance, total organic carbon (TOC), and HPLC results to better monitor degradation of VAN-B itself. Experiments were run for two initial VAN-B concentrations (20–50 mgL-1) and using two catalysts TiO2 and ZnO at different concentrations (0.1 and 0.5 gL-1) in a multi-lamp batch reactor system (200 mL water volume). Furthermore, a set of toxicity tests with Daphnia magna was performed to evaluate the potential toxicity of oxidation by-products of VAN-B. Formation of intermediates such as chlorides and nitrates were monitored. A rapid VAN-B degradation was observed in ZnO-PC system (85 % to 70 % at 10 min), while total mineralization was observed to be relatively slower than TiO2-PC system (59 % to 73 % at 90min). Treatment efficiency and mechanism of degradation directly affected the rate of transformation and by-products formation that gave rise to toxicity in the treated samples.
Key Words
    photocatalysis; vancomycin B; degradation; mineralization; ecotoxicity; transformation by-products; TiO2; ZnO
Giusy Lofrano and Maurizio Carotenuto: Department of Chemistry and Biology- University of Salerno- via Giovanni Paolo II, 132- 8484 Fisciano (SA), Italy

Can Burak Özkal and Süreyya Meriç: Tekirdağ Namik Kemal University Environmental Engineering Department Çorlu, Tekirdağ, Turkey

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