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Removal of antidepressant compounds from aqueous matrices with novel adsorbent materials

Theodoridis Theodoros

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Year 2021
Type of Item Diploma Work
Bibliographic Citation Theodoros Theodoridis, "Removal of antidepressant compounds from aqueous matrices with novel adsorbent materials", Diploma Work, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece, 2021
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Nowadays, people consume high amounts of antidepressant products to cope with the difficulties and stresses of modern life. These antidepressants end up in the aqueous environment. Pollution caused by these substances is now regarded as a major environmental problem, for which a solution must be found. One possible solution is to remove antidepressants from urban wastewater, before they manage to reach aquatic ecosystems. This removal can be achieved by using adsorption.This thesis deals with the review of the literature, of the last ten years, on the removal of antidepressant products from aqueous matrices, through adsorption to various adsorbent materials. The two main categories of adsorbents were carbonaceous and non-carbonaceous adsorbents. Carbon adsorbents include commercially available samples (G)AC, materials derived from PMS, synthetic adsorbents derived from various biological materials and others. While non-carbonates include, magnetic materials, clay and zeolites, Nano-adsorbing materials and others.The purpose of the work is the presentation of experimental methods, adsorbing materials, and results of work – publications related to the adsorption of antidepressant substances. Reference is also made to the existence of antidepressants in the environment, as well as to the ways in which these substances affect aquatic ecosystems.

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