Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) in Wastewater Treatment

Yang Deng, Renzun Zhao

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Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) were first proposed in the 1980s for drinking water treatment and later were widely studied for treatment of different wastewaters. During the AOP treatment of wastewater, hydroxyl radicals (OH·) or sulfate radicals (SO4 ·−) are generated in sufficient quantity to remove refractory organic matters, traceable organic contaminants, or certain inorganic pollutants, or to increase wastewater biodegradability as a pre-treatment prior to an ensuing biological treatment. In this paper, we review the fundamental mechanisms of radical generation in different AOPs and select landfill leachate and biologically treated municipal wastewater as model wastewaters to discuss wastewater treatment with different AOPs. Generally, the treatment efficiencies rely heavily upon the selected AOP type, physical and chemical properties of target pollutants, and operating conditions. It would be noted that other mechanisms, besides hydroxyl radical or sulfate radical-based oxidation, may occur during the AOP treatment and contribute to the reduction of target pollutants. Particularly, we summarize recent advances in the AOP treatment of landfill leachate, as well as advanced oxidation of effluent organic matters (EfOM) in biologically treated secondary effluent (BTSE) for water reuse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-176
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Pollution Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2015


  • Biologically treated secondary effluent (BTSE)
  • Chemical oxidation
  • Effluent organic matter (EfOM)
  • Hydroxyl radicals
  • Landfill leachate
  • Refractory organic pollutants
  • Sulfate radicals


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