Removal of antibiotics from wastewater using advanced technologies: A review

Pooja Adwani*, Jiwan Singh

Department of Environmental Science, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow-226025, India

Cite this article: Adwani, P., Singh, J., 2024. Removal of antibiotics from wastewater using advance technologies: A Review. J.Appl. Sci. Innov. Technol. 2 (2), 52-57.


  • Antibiotics can adversely impact environment when reach to the water bodies.
  • Wastewater having antibiotics can be treated by several methods.
  • Nanotechnology can play major role in the treatment process.
  • Adsorption of antibiotic using biochar can be one of the effective for its removal.

Abstract: Antibiotics are an effective tool for treating a variety of infectious diseases, their widespread usage has caused resistant bacteria to arise and proliferate. Different phytochemicals are found in plants have varying biological functions. Antibiotics have been found in aquatic environments on a regular basis at concentrations of up to ppm level. Antibiotics are a new class of environmental micropollutants, so it’s important to remove them from water by creating highly effective, low-cost adsorbents. Antibiotics can be removed from aqueous environments using a variety of techniques, the most common being biological treatment, membrane treatment, advanced oxidation, photodegradation and adsorption. In comparison to other techniques, adsorption technology has garnered significant interest in the water treatment industry for the removal of conventional pollutants due to its simplicity, feasibility, economy, and efficacy. However, there are still very few adsorbents have been used for the treatment of antibiotics, and more research is still needed to fully understand the underlying adsorption mechanism.

Keywords: Antibiotics; Environmental impact; Ozonation; Fenton process; Photodegradation; Advanced oxidation process

Scope: Environmental Science & Engineering

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