Date of Defense

Spring 4-19-2012

Date of Graduation

Spring 4-28-2012


Biological Sciences

First Advisor

James J. Kiddle, Chemistry

Second Advisor

Benjamin F. Strong, Chemistry

Third Advisor

Janie E. Toth, Chemistry


pharmaceutical compounds, organic matter


Highly prescribed pharmaceutical compounds and their metabolites used to treat conditions ranging from infections to depression are of environmental concern as these excreted compounds are increasingly appearing in wastewater influent. As pharmaceuticals enter treatment plants they also can interact with dissolved organic matter (DOM) present. This potential interaction between pharmaceutical compounds and DOM may inhibit the advanced oxidation process (AOP) based removal of drugs during water treatment. The focus of this research was to utilize multinuclear magnetic resonance and hydroxyl radical kinetics to assess whether an interaction between influent pharmaceuticals and DOM does occur, the extent of the interaction, and to develop structure-reactivity relationships to model the removal of pharmaceutical compounds from waters containing DOM.


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Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access