Synergistic effect of aqueous removal of fluoroquinolones by a combined use of peroxymonosulfate and ferrate(VI)

This study examines the combined use of ferrate(VI) (Fe(VI)O4(2-), Fe(VI)) with peroxymonosulfate (PMS) to oxidise four fluoroquinolones (FQs) (flumequine (FLU), enrofloxacin (ENR), marbofloxacin (MAR), and ofloxacin (OFL)) at pH 7.0 and 25.0 C. The results demonstrate that a combination of PMS and Fe(VI) synergistically enhance removal of FQs compared to the removal seen with either PMS or Fe(VI) alone. The oxidised products (OPs) of the reaction of FLU with the PMS-Fe(VI) system, identified by liquid chromatography high-resolution mass spectrometry (LC-HRMS) techniques, showed transformation products resulted from hydroxylation, ring cleavage, and de-fluorination processes. Thus, the authors concluded that the combination of PMS and Fe(VI) can be developed as an innovative oxidative technology to remove contaminants from water.

Authors: Feng M, Cizmas L, Wang Z, Sharma VK. ;Full Source: Chemosphere. 2017 Mar 6; 177:144-148. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.03.008. [Epub ahead of print] ;