Ab initio and in situ comparison of caffeine, triclosan, and triclocarban as indicators of sewage-derived microbes in surface waters.

@article{Young2008AbIA,
  title={Ab initio and in situ comparison of caffeine, triclosan, and triclocarban as indicators of sewage-derived microbes in surface waters.},
  author={Thayer A Young and Jochen Heidler and Cristina R Matos-P{\'e}rez and Amir Sapkota and Tanikka Toler and K E Gibson and Kellogg J. Schwab and Rolf U. Halden},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  year={2008},
  volume={42 9},
  pages={3335-40}
}
Three organic wastewater compounds (OWCs) were evaluated in theory and practice for their potential to trace sewage-derived microbial contaminants in surface waters. The underlying hypothesis was that hydrophobic OWCs outperform caffeine as a chemical tracer, due to their sorptive association with suspended microorganisms representing particulate organic carbon (POC). Modeling from first principles (ab initio) of OWC sorption to POC under environmental conditions suggested an increasing… CONTINUE READING

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