• Project No 4529
  • Project Name Removal of pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs in wastewater treatment
  • Lead Organisation Water Corporation
  • Research Lead Curtin University
  • Main Researcher Luis Restrepo

Project Description

This project investigated the presence, removal and fate of illicit drugs and pharmaceuticals in wastewater treatment, using advanced instrumentation. These drugs are emerging environmental contaminants and potential hazards for the disposal and recycling of treated wastewater.  Outcomes from this project included the development of novel wastewater treatment methods and an early warning system for identifying new psychoactive drugs in the community.  The project provided benefits such as reduction in the environmental and human health risk for wastewater recycling.

PhD Thesis underway by Luis Restrepo.