LIFE PharmDegrade

Degradation of pharmaceuticals in wastewaters from nursing homes and hospitals September 2014 – November 2016

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LIFE PharmDegrade

A technological solution for the removal of residual pharmaceuticals and their metabolites in wastewater after treatment in biological wastewater treatment plants will be demonstrated within LIFE PharmDegrade project.

Some of the pharmaceuticals are complex and biologically persistent molecules, which are not degraded in the secondary stage of wastewater treatment. In some cases, their metabolites can emerge during the treatment process, which can be even more harmful for the environment as original compounds. The most often found residuals of pharmaceuticals in water are hormone drugs, antibiotics, painkillers, sedatives, etc.

The main goal of the LIFE PharmDegrade project is optimisation and demonstration of efficient and financially acceptable technology, based on the use of advanced oxidative processes with electro-oxidation technology. Electrochemical decomposition of drug residuals in the pilot plant is based on the formation of hydroxyl radicals (HO•) with the use of different electrodes (electrodes with mixed metal oxides, boron doped diamond electrodes, etc.) and electric current. Hydroxyl radicals are one of the most efficient oxidants and are capable of degradation of practically all known organic compounds and microorganisms. They are therefore highly applicable in the processes of the removal of hardly degradable pollutants from drinking water and wastewater.

Latest News


The extended results of the LIFE PharmDegrade project were published in the Analytical Methods Journal

We have published a paper with the title “Multi-residue analysis of selected pharmaceuticals in wastewater samples by stir-bar sorptive...

Odmevna predstavitev projekta na 3. kongresu Slovenskega toksikološkega društva

Na tretjem kongresu Slovenskega toksikološkega društva (SloTOX), ki se je odvijal 28. septembra 2017 na Fakulteti za farmacijo v...

LIFE PharmDegrade was present at Porto Water Innovation Week

We have presented the LIFE PharmDegrade project in the event “The LIFE programme: funding opportunities & innovative solutions on wastewater...