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This work aimed to study both the removal of nutrients and pharmaceuticals, namely salicylic acid or paracetamol, from water by the culture of Chlorella sorokiniana. The removal of nutrients was nearly complete at the end of the batch culture; above 70% for nitrates and 89% for phosphates in the semicontinuous culture. The pharmaceuticals removal kinetics(More)
The biomass growth, pharmaceutical removal and light conversion efficiency of Chlorella sorokiniana under the presence of paracetamol (PC) and salicylic acid (SaC) were assessed and compared at two different concentrations of these pharmaceuticals (I: 25 mg l-1, II: 250 mg l-1). Microalgae were resistant to these concentrations and, moreover, their growth(More)
The objective of this work was to assess and compare the removal efficiency of paracetamol and salicylic acid from aqueous medium by a microalgae-based treatment, using either Chlorella vulgaris or Tetradesmus obliquus. Moreover, considering microalgae application in wastewater treatment, the influence of these pharmaceuticals in the algal nutrient removal(More)
In view of risks associated with the discharge of pharmaceuticals in the aquatic envi‐ ronment, the objective of this work was to assess the removal of paracetamol, salicylic acid and diclofenac from water by a microalgae‐based treatment. For a comparison purpose, the growth and kinetic parameters for the removal of drugs were determined for three different(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the fate of three tetracyclines (TCs), namely oxytetracycline (OTC), chlortetracycline (CTC) and doxycycline (DC) at two different full-scale swine manure-activated sludge treatment plants. Throughout treatment, OTC, CTC and DC were removed by 71-76%, 75-80% and 95%, respectively. Removal of these TCs under(More)
Microalgae are aquatic photosynthetic prokaryotic or eukaryotic microorganisms which cultivation for the fixation of CO2 and the production of biofuels has received large attention. However, the sustainable development of an algal biorefinery is still a challenge. In this context, the valorization of microalgae biomass for a wastewater adsorptive treatment(More)
The pulp and paper industry, which is a strategic economic sector in Europe, is very demanding in terms of energy and water. The high water consumption results in the generation of large volumes of wastewater, which must be treated to accomplish with regulations. Therefore, sludge is unavoidable generated and its management is a key issue for the pulp and(More)
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