Acetaminophen micropollutant: Historical and current occurrences, toxicity, removal strategies and transformation pathways in different environments

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Acetaminophen micropollutant: Historical and current occurrences, toxicity, removal strategies and transformation pathways in different environments. / Hoang, Nam Nhat; Ky Le, Gia; Minh Hong Nguyen, Thi; Bui, Xuan Thanh; Nguyen, Khanh Hoang; Rene, Eldon R.; Vo, Thi-Dieu-Hien; Thanh Cao, Ngoc-Dan; Mohan, Raj.

In: Chemosphere, Vol. 236, 124391, 2019.

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Hoang, Nam Nhat ; Ky Le, Gia ; Minh Hong Nguyen, Thi ; Bui, Xuan Thanh ; Nguyen, Khanh Hoang ; Rene, Eldon R. ; Vo, Thi-Dieu-Hien ; Thanh Cao, Ngoc-Dan ; Mohan, Raj. / Acetaminophen micropollutant: Historical and current occurrences, toxicity, removal strategies and transformation pathways in different environments. In: Chemosphere. 2019 ; Vol. 236.

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title = "Acetaminophen micropollutant: Historical and current occurrences, toxicity, removal strategies and transformation pathways in different environments",
abstract = "Acetaminophen (ACT) is commonly used as a counter painkiller and nowadays, it is increasingly present in the natural water environment. Although its concentrations are usually at the ppt to ppm levels, ACT can transform into various intermediates depending on the environmental conditions. Due to the complexity of the ACT degradation products and the intermediates, it poses a major challenge for monitoring, detection and to propose adequate treatment technologies. The main objectives of this review study were to assess (i) the occurrences and toxicities, (2) the removal technologies and (3) the transformation pathways and intermediates of ACT in four environmental compartments namely wastewater, surface water, ground water, and soil/sediments. Based on the review, it was observed that the ACT concentrations in wastewater can reach upto several hundreds of ppb. Amongst the different countries, China and the USA showed the highest ACT concentration in wastewater (≤ 300 μg/L), with a very high detection frequency (81-100{\%}). Concerning surface water, the ACT concentrations were found to be at the ppt level. Some regions in France, Spain, Germany, Korea, USA, and UK comply with the recommended ACT concentration for drinking water (71 ng/L). Notably, ACT can transform and degrade into various metabolites such as aromatic derivatives or organic acids. Some of them (e.g., hydroquinone and benzoquinone) are toxic to human and other life forms. Thus, in water and wastewater treatment plants, tertiary treatment systems such as advanced oxidation, membrane separation, and hybrid processes should be used to remove the toxic metabolites of ACT.",
keywords = "Micropollutant, Acetaminophen, Pharmaceutical and personal care products, Intermediates, Wastewater treatment",
author = "Hoang, {Nam Nhat} and {Ky Le}, Gia and {Minh Hong Nguyen}, Thi and Bui, {Xuan Thanh} and Nguyen, {Khanh Hoang} and Rene, {Eldon R.} and Thi-Dieu-Hien Vo and {Thanh Cao}, Ngoc-Dan and Raj Mohan",
year = "2019",
doi = "/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.124391",
language = "English",
volume = "236",
journal = "Chemosphere",
issn = "0045-6535",
publisher = "Pergamon Press",

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T1 - Acetaminophen micropollutant: Historical and current occurrences, toxicity, removal strategies and transformation pathways in different environments

AU - Hoang, Nam Nhat

AU - Ky Le, Gia

AU - Minh Hong Nguyen, Thi

AU - Bui, Xuan Thanh

AU - Nguyen, Khanh Hoang

AU - Rene, Eldon R.

AU - Vo, Thi-Dieu-Hien

AU - Thanh Cao, Ngoc-Dan

AU - Mohan, Raj

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - Acetaminophen (ACT) is commonly used as a counter painkiller and nowadays, it is increasingly present in the natural water environment. Although its concentrations are usually at the ppt to ppm levels, ACT can transform into various intermediates depending on the environmental conditions. Due to the complexity of the ACT degradation products and the intermediates, it poses a major challenge for monitoring, detection and to propose adequate treatment technologies. The main objectives of this review study were to assess (i) the occurrences and toxicities, (2) the removal technologies and (3) the transformation pathways and intermediates of ACT in four environmental compartments namely wastewater, surface water, ground water, and soil/sediments. Based on the review, it was observed that the ACT concentrations in wastewater can reach upto several hundreds of ppb. Amongst the different countries, China and the USA showed the highest ACT concentration in wastewater (≤ 300 μg/L), with a very high detection frequency (81-100%). Concerning surface water, the ACT concentrations were found to be at the ppt level. Some regions in France, Spain, Germany, Korea, USA, and UK comply with the recommended ACT concentration for drinking water (71 ng/L). Notably, ACT can transform and degrade into various metabolites such as aromatic derivatives or organic acids. Some of them (e.g., hydroquinone and benzoquinone) are toxic to human and other life forms. Thus, in water and wastewater treatment plants, tertiary treatment systems such as advanced oxidation, membrane separation, and hybrid processes should be used to remove the toxic metabolites of ACT.

AB - Acetaminophen (ACT) is commonly used as a counter painkiller and nowadays, it is increasingly present in the natural water environment. Although its concentrations are usually at the ppt to ppm levels, ACT can transform into various intermediates depending on the environmental conditions. Due to the complexity of the ACT degradation products and the intermediates, it poses a major challenge for monitoring, detection and to propose adequate treatment technologies. The main objectives of this review study were to assess (i) the occurrences and toxicities, (2) the removal technologies and (3) the transformation pathways and intermediates of ACT in four environmental compartments namely wastewater, surface water, ground water, and soil/sediments. Based on the review, it was observed that the ACT concentrations in wastewater can reach upto several hundreds of ppb. Amongst the different countries, China and the USA showed the highest ACT concentration in wastewater (≤ 300 μg/L), with a very high detection frequency (81-100%). Concerning surface water, the ACT concentrations were found to be at the ppt level. Some regions in France, Spain, Germany, Korea, USA, and UK comply with the recommended ACT concentration for drinking water (71 ng/L). Notably, ACT can transform and degrade into various metabolites such as aromatic derivatives or organic acids. Some of them (e.g., hydroquinone and benzoquinone) are toxic to human and other life forms. Thus, in water and wastewater treatment plants, tertiary treatment systems such as advanced oxidation, membrane separation, and hybrid processes should be used to remove the toxic metabolites of ACT.

KW - Micropollutant

KW - Acetaminophen

KW - Pharmaceutical and personal care products

KW - Intermediates

KW - Wastewater treatment

U2 - /10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.124391

DO - /10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.124391

M3 - Journal article

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JO - Chemosphere

JF - Chemosphere

SN - 0045-6535

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