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Low-Temperature Plasma Technology: The Future of Antibiotic Treatment in Wastewater?

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Low-Temperature Plasma Technology: The Future of Antibiotic Treatment in Wastewater?

Researchers from the Hefei Institutes of Physical Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a new method for treating antibiotics in wastewater using low-temperature plasma technology. The study, published in the Hazardous Materials Journal, found that using a cold atmospheric plasma jet (CAPJ) in combination with plasma-activated water was more efficient than traditional single antibiotic treatment. The researchers discovered that active chlorine produced by breaking down chloramphenicol increased the efficacy of norfloxacin treatment. They also confirmed that reactive oxygen/nitrogen species generated by plasma played a significant role in degrading norfloxacin and chloramphenicol, and the resulting breakdown products were safe for the environment. This study offers a promising solution to addressing antibiotic contamination in the environment and provides a solid foundation for implementing plasma technology in treating wastewater contaminated with various antibiotics. It has been reported that, developing effective methods to remove antibiotics from wastewater is crucial to protect both the environment and human health.

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