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Modelling the occurrence, transport and fate of pharmaceuticals in wastewater systems

Snip, Laura J. P.; Flores, Xavier LU ; Plosz, Benedek Gy.; Jeppsson, Ulf LU and Gernaey, Krist V. (2014) In Environmental Modelling & Software 62. p.112-127
Abstract
This paper demonstrates how occurrence, transport and fate of pharmaceuticals at trace levels can be assessed when modelling wastewater treatment systems using two case studies. Firstly, two approaches based on: 1) phenomenology; and, 2) Markov Chains, are developed to describe the dynamics of pharmaceuticals with or without clear administration patterns. Additional simulations also show that sewer conditions might have an important effect on the behaviour of the generated compounds and their metabolites. The results demonstrate that different operating conditions in wastewater treatment plants can have opposite effects on the studied pharmaceuticals, especially when they present co-metabolic or inhibitory behaviour in the presence of... (More)
This paper demonstrates how occurrence, transport and fate of pharmaceuticals at trace levels can be assessed when modelling wastewater treatment systems using two case studies. Firstly, two approaches based on: 1) phenomenology; and, 2) Markov Chains, are developed to describe the dynamics of pharmaceuticals with or without clear administration patterns. Additional simulations also show that sewer conditions might have an important effect on the behaviour of the generated compounds and their metabolites. The results demonstrate that different operating conditions in wastewater treatment plants can have opposite effects on the studied pharmaceuticals, especially when they present co-metabolic or inhibitory behaviour in the presence of biodegradable substrate. Finally, the paper ends with: i) a critical discussion of the presented results; ii) a thorough analysis of the limitations of the proposed approach; and, iii) future pathways to improve the overall modelling of micropollutants. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. (Less)
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Activated sludge modelling, Benchmarking, Influent modelling, Xenobiotic, trace pollutants, Micropollutants, Model-based evaluation, Multi-criteria decision making, Organic trace chemicals
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Environmental Modelling & Software
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62
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112 - 127
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Elsevier
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1364-8152
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10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.08.007
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English
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  abstract     = {This paper demonstrates how occurrence, transport and fate of pharmaceuticals at trace levels can be assessed when modelling wastewater treatment systems using two case studies. Firstly, two approaches based on: 1) phenomenology; and, 2) Markov Chains, are developed to describe the dynamics of pharmaceuticals with or without clear administration patterns. Additional simulations also show that sewer conditions might have an important effect on the behaviour of the generated compounds and their metabolites. The results demonstrate that different operating conditions in wastewater treatment plants can have opposite effects on the studied pharmaceuticals, especially when they present co-metabolic or inhibitory behaviour in the presence of biodegradable substrate. Finally, the paper ends with: i) a critical discussion of the presented results; ii) a thorough analysis of the limitations of the proposed approach; and, iii) future pathways to improve the overall modelling of micropollutants. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.},
  author       = {Snip, Laura J. P. and Flores, Xavier and Plosz, Benedek Gy. and Jeppsson, Ulf and Gernaey, Krist V.},
  issn         = {1364-8152},
  keyword      = {Activated sludge modelling,Benchmarking,Influent modelling,Xenobiotic,trace pollutants,Micropollutants,Model-based evaluation,Multi-criteria decision making,Organic trace chemicals},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {112--127},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Environmental Modelling & Software},
  title        = {Modelling the occurrence, transport and fate of pharmaceuticals in wastewater systems},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.08.007},
  volume       = {62},
  year         = {2014},
}