Publications by authors named "Warunee Limmun"

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Degradation of the endocrine-disrupting 4-nonylphenol by ferrate(VI): biodegradability and toxicity evaluation.

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 2022 Mar 27;29(13):18882-18890. Epub 2021 Oct 27.

Course of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of System Innovation Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Iwate University, Ueda 4-3-5, Morioka, 020-8551, Japan.

4-Nonylphenol (4-NP) is an endocrine-disrupting and persistent chemical and is partially degraded in conventional wastewater treatment processes. Ferrate(VI) can be used as an environment-friendly oxidizing agent to mediate 4-NP degradation. Thus, this paper evaluates the biodegradability of 4-NP and its degradation products after the addition of ferrate(VI). The biodegradability was examined using NP labeled with C as a tracer and activated sludge microorganisms as an inoculum. The addition of ferrate(VI) to the 4-NP solution spiked with the tracer resulted in no remarkable decrease in the concentration of C, indicating incomplete mineralization of 4-NP and formation of degradation products. The degradation products from 4-NP with Fe(VI) were estimated based on mass spectra, which detected a unique peak at m/z 223 at low intensity. Four hydrogen atoms might have been added to 4-NP by degradation with Fe(VI). In addition, the effect of ferrate(VI) concentration on the estrogenic activity of 4-NP in an aqueous solution was investigated using a yeast bioassay. The results show that estrogenic activity was significantly decreased at a mass ratio of Fe(VI) to 4-NP greater than or equal to 2.5.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11356-021-17167-1DOI Listing
March 2022

Removal of nonylphenol and nonylphenol monoethoxylate from water and anaerobically digested sewage sludge by Ferrate(VI).

Chemosphere 2019 Dec 18;236:124399. Epub 2019 Jul 18.

Course of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of System Innovation Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Iwate University, Morioka, 020-8551, Japan.

Nonylphenol (NP) and nonylphenol monoethoxylate (NP1EO) have toxic and persistent characteristics, and are incompletely degraded in conventional wastewater treatment processes. These compounds are present in sewage sludge that can be reused as fertilizers or soil conditioners. Accordingly, NP and NP1EO should be properly removed before being discharged in the environment. In this study, potassium ferrate (KFeO) containing hexavalent iron (Fe(VI)) was used as an environment-friendly oxidizing agent to mediate NP and NP1EO degradation. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of pH and Fe(VI) dosage on the degradation of NP and NP1EO in water and anaerobically digested sewage sludge samples. In water samples, under conditions examined in this study, maximum removal efficiencies for NP and NP1EO were 98% and 92%, respectively. For digested sewage sludge samples, the maximum removal efficiencies of NP and NP1EO were 58% and 96%, respectively. The results demonstrated that Fe(VI) can potentially degrade NP and NP1EO in water and digested sewage sludge samples. However, organic matter as a matrix in the sludge sample would inhibit the degradation of NP and NP1EO by Fe(VI). The pH values before and after adding KFeO to the samples had an obvious influence on the removal of NP and NP1EO.
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December 2019
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