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Role of DOM photosensitization in the photolysis of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant genes

Project Number # 4513-15

Dissolved organic matter photosensitized degradation of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant genes in wastewater treatment

Project Leader:  Xi-Zhi Niu

In the presence of photosensitisers (e.g., DOM), both direct and indirect photolysis are particularly important for the removal of anthropogenic chemicals in natural waters or wastewater treatment plant. The project will study the DOM photosensitized degradation of antibiotics and antibiotic resistant genes.  Meanwhile, sunlight-induced reactive species, and photodegradation of DOMs will also be investigated as significantly related to water treatment process.

 

Supervisors:  Prof Jean-Philippe Croue,  Dr Kathryn Linge, Dr Francesco Busetti [CWQRC, Curtin University] and Mr Peter McCafferty [ChemCentre]

Sponsor:        ChemCentre

Mentor:           Andrew Bath [WaterCorp]