Water Res 2021 Jul 18;202:117443. Epub 2021 Jul 18.
Department of Water Management, Delft University of Technology, PO Box 5048, 2600 GA, Delft, the Netherland; Chair of Water Quality Control, Technische Universität Berlin, KF4, Str. des 17. Juni 135, Berlin 10623, Germany; Berliner Wasserbetriebe, Motardstr. 35, Berlin 13629, Germany.
Low molecular weight (LMW) dissolved organic matter (DOM) is the predominant competitor for adsorption sites against organic micropollutants (OMPs) in activated carbon adsorption. However, top-down approaches using highly complex mixtures of real water DOM do not allow to concisely examine the impacts of specific LMW DOM molecular properties on competitive adsorption. Therefore, we followed a bottom-up approach using fifteen model compounds (mDOM) to elucidate how important DOM characteristics, including hydrophobicity and unsaturated structures (ring, double/triple bond), impact competitiveness. Read More