Concern regarding the presence of pharmaceuticals in wastewater have recently gained more attention. Pharmaceuticals may be antibiotics or antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) among others and are not completely removed by the conventional wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). According to literature ARVs in wastewater have negative effects in aquatic life and the ecosystem. This study aimed on evaluating the Bio-degradability of antiretroviral drug found in wastewater treatment plant effluent using electro Fenton process. Only one antiretroviral drug (lamivudine) will be evaluated in this investigation.
The Electro Fenton technology is based on the constant electro-generation of H2O2 at a right cathode provided with O2 or air, along with the addition of an iron catalyst to the treated solution for the production of oxidant hydroxyl radicals at the bulk through Fenton’s reaction. In this study, iron catalysts, affixed on different supports, acting as electrodes will be synthesized using different methods. A well-designed heterogeneous Electro Fenton system will follow where these composite electrodes will be tested. Analysis on the Bio-degradability of lamivudine will be done using the high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and conclusions will be drawn.