Electrochemical advanced oxidation and biological processes for wastewater treatment: a review of the combined approaches

Abstract : As pollution becomes one of the biggest environmental challenges of the twenty-first century, pollution of water threatens the very existence of humanity, making immediate action a priority. The most persistent and hazardous pollutants come from industrial and agricultural activities; therefore, effective treatment of this wastewater prior to discharge into the natural environment is the solution. Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) have caused increased interest due to their ability to degrade hazardous substances in contrast to other methods, which mainly only transfer pollution from wastewater to sludge, a membrane filter, or an adsorbent. Among a great variety of different AOPs, a group of electro-chemical advanced oxidation processes (EAOPs), including electro-Fenton, is emerging as an environmental-friendly and effective treatment process for the destruction of persistent hazardous contaminants. The only concern that slows down a large-scale implementation is energy consumption and related investment and operational costs. A combination of EAOPs with biological treatment is an interesting solution. In such a synergetic way, removal efficiency is maximized, while minimizing operational costs. The goal of this review is to present cutting-edge research for treatment of three common and problematic pollutants and effluents: dyes and textile waste-water, olive processing wastewater, and pharmaceuticals and hospital wastewater. Each of these types is regarded in terms of recent scientific research on individual electrochemical, individual biological and a combined synergetic treatment.
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Oleksandra Ganzenko, David Huguenot, Eric D. Van Hullebusch, Giovanni Esposito, Mehmet A. Oturan. Electrochemical advanced oxidation and biological processes for wastewater treatment: a review of the combined approaches. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Springer Verlag, 2014, 21, pp.8493-8524. ⟨10.1007/s11356-014-2770-6⟩. ⟨hal-01135776⟩



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