Efficiency of advanced wastewater treatment plant system and laboratory-scale micelle-clay filtration for the removal of ibuprofen residues

J Environ Sci Health B. 2013;48(9):814-21. doi: 10.1080/03601234.2013.781372.


The efficiency of Al-Quds Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP), which includes sequential elements as activated sludge, ultrafiltration, activated carbon column and reverse osmosis, to remove spiked ibuprofen, a non steroid anti inflammatory drug (NSAID), was investigated. Kinetic studies in pure water and in the activated sludge indicated that the drug was stable during one month of observation. Besides, the overall performance of the integrated plant showed complete removal of ibuprofen from wastewater. Activated carbon column, which was the last element in the sequence before the reverse osmosis system, yielded 95.7% removal of ibuprofen. Batch adsorptions of the drug by using either activated charcoal or composite micelle-clay system were determined at 25°C and well described by Langmuir isotherms. Octadecyltrimethylammonium (ODTMA) bromide and montmorillonite were used to prepare the micelle-clay adsorbent, for which the adsorption kinetics are much faster than activated charcoal. Results suggest that integrating clay-micelle complex filters within the existing WWTP may be promising in improving removal efficiency of the NSAID.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adsorption
  • Aluminum Silicates / chemistry*
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / chemistry*
  • Clay
  • Drug Residues / chemistry*
  • Filtration
  • Ibuprofen / chemistry*
  • Kinetics
  • Waste Water / economics*
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical / chemistry*
  • Water Purification / methods*


  • Aluminum Silicates
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Waste Water
  • Water Pollutants, Chemical
  • Clay
  • Ibuprofen