Removal of contraceptive pill and HRT residues from water using ligno-cellulosic materials: POSTER ONLY

Coleman, H., O’Sullivan, H., Murphy, C., Akinsanmi, O., Arnscheidt, H. and Tretsiakova-McNally, S., Ulster University, UK


• The presence of oestrogen residues in rivers and lakes has been a global concern for decades.
• Residues of the contraceptive pill and hormone replacement therapy have been found in waste waters.
 17β-oestradiol (E2)
 17α-ethynyloestradiol (EE2)
• These oestrogen residues disrupt the natural function of humans and wildlife and are called endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) (WHO, 2018).
• Lignocellulose is the woody material that gives plants their rigidity and structure and comprises three main types of carbon-based polymer
 cellulose
 hemicellulose
 lignin
• Benefits
 readily available as a waste material
 economically feasible
 environmentally friendly solution that has previously shown promising results
(Sciban et al, 2006)

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