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Copper oxide/peroxydisulfate system for urban wastewater disinfection: Performances, reactive species, and antibiotic resistance genes removal

Abstract : In this study, copper oxide (CuO) catalyzed peroxydisulfate (PDS) system was investigated for the inactivation of a broad range of pathogenic microorganisms from urban wastewater. Complete inactivation of Escherichia coli, Enterococcus, F-specific RNA bacteriophages from secondary treated wastewater was achieved after a short time (15-30 min) treatment with CuO (10 g/L) / PDS (1 mM) system, but spores of sulfite-reducing bacteria took 120 min. No bacterial regrowth occurred during storage after treatment. Significant reduction of the pathogens was explained by the generation of the highly selective Cu(III) oxidant, as the predominant reactive species, which could quickly oxidize guanine through a one-electron oxidation pathway. Additionally, the potential of the CuO (10 g/L) / PDS (1 mM) system to inactivate antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes (ARB&Gs) was explored. Sulfamethoxazole-resistant E. coli was used as the model ARB and a 3.2 log of reduction was observed after 10 min of treatment. A considerable reduction (0.7-2.3 log) of selected ARGs including blaTEM, qnrS, emrB, sul1, and genes related to the dissemination of antibiotic resistance, including the Class 1 integron-integrase (intI1), and the insertion sequence (IS613) was achieved after 60 min treatment. All these findings indicated the promising applicability of the CuO/PDS system as a disinfection technology for wastewater reuse in agriculture.
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Chan Li, Vincent Goetz, Serge Chiron. Copper oxide/peroxydisulfate system for urban wastewater disinfection: Performances, reactive species, and antibiotic resistance genes removal. Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier, 2022, 806, Part 4, pp.150768. ⟨10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150768⟩. ⟨hal-03724310⟩

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