Selective degradation of ibuprofen and clofibric acid in two model river biofilm systems.

@article{Winkler2001SelectiveDO,
  title={Selective degradation of ibuprofen and clofibric acid in two model river biofilm systems.},
  author={Marcus Winkler and John R. Lawrence and Thomas R. Neu},
  journal={Water research},
  year={2001},
  volume={35 13},
  pages={3197-205}
}
A field survey indicated that the Elbe and Saale Rivers were contaminated with both clofibric acid and ibuprofen. In Elbe River water we could detect the metabolite hydroxy-ibuprofen. Analyses of the city of Saskatoon sewage effluent discharged to the South Saskatchewan river detected clofibric acid but neither ibuprofen nor any metabolite. Laboratory studies indicated that the pharmaceutical ibuprofen was readily degraded in a river biofilm reactor. Two metabolites were detected and identified… CONTINUE READING