Journal article

Development of a polymer inclusion membrane-based passive sampler for monitoring of sulfamethoxazole in natural waters. Minimizing the effect of the flow pattern of the aquatic system

Aida Garcia-Rodriguez, Claudia Fontas, Victor Matamoros, M Ines GS Almeida, Robert W Cattrall, Spas D Kolev

Microchemical Journal | ELSEVIER | Published : 2016


Antibiotics are commonly used pharmaceuticals for both human and veterinary purposes. Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are not designed to completely remove these compounds from their influents. Thus, some antibiotics are being continuously discharged in the environment and subsequently found in diverse natural waters. Sulfamethoxazole (SMX) is one of the most frequently detected antibiotics in WWTP effluents and environmental waters. It exerts harmful effects on living organisms and therefore, there is a need to monitor its presence in aquatic systems. This study focused on the development of a passive sampler incorporating a polymer inclusion membrane (PIM) with Aliquat 336 as the extra..

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Awarded by University of Girona

Awarded by Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to the Australian Government for providing an Endeavour Award to A Garcia-Rodriguez to conduct research in the School of Chemistry of the University of Melbourne (Australia) for 6 months and to the University of Melbourne (Australia) for hosting her during this period. A Garcia-Rodriguez would like to thank the University of Girona for Research Fellowship BR2011/27. The financial support of the Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad through project CTM2013-48967-C2-2-P is also gratefully acknowledged.