Removal of endocrine-disrupting chemicals from textile industry effluents by nanofiltration

A. D.Allar Emek, C. Eropak Yılmazer, S. Çınar, O. Kiraz, M. E. Paşaoğlu, R. Şengür Taşdemir, Karahan Özgün*, Koyuncu, E. Çitil, A. Koç Orhon, E. Şıltu, S. M. Güçver, Z. Turan, B. Dikmen, Toröz, A. Tanik, Yetiş, C. Kınacı

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Textile finishing industry wastewaters contain micropollutants such as endocrine-disrupting chemicals in addition to the conventional pollutants since advanced manufacturing activities provide additional features to the textiles to make them shrink-proof, water-proof, wrinkle-proof, rot-proof, distasteful to moths, and mildew, flame-resistant, etc. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals can interfere with the endocrine system, exert endocrine-modulating behavior, and cause adverse health effects, even when exposed to low doses. Therefore, treatment of endocrine-disrupting chemicals is a major concern for textile finishing wastewaters since they cannot be completely removed by widely applied conventional treatment technologies; but rather by using membrane filtration, advanced oxidation, and adsorption technologies. This study aims to investigate the performance of nano-filtration membranes in the post-treatment of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in textile finishing wastewaters. A total of 299 chemicals that were identified as endocrine-disrupting chemicals present and/or likely to be present in surface waters of Turkey were monitored in a textile finishing waste-water, and their removal by nanofiltration was investigated. The experimental results showed that 10 of the 17 compounds determined in textile industry treatment plant effluent, including benzo(g,h,i) perylene, fluorene, phenanthrene, mono-2-ethylhexylphthalate, dicyclohexylphthalate, diethyl-phthalate, di-n-butylphthalate, octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane, mirex (perchloropentacyclodecane) and saccharin were treated below their limit of detection values with nanofiltration. On the other hand, it was determined that nanofiltration was not efficient for compounds such as naphthalene, mono-n-butylphthalate, and di-sec-octylphthalate.

Orijinal dilİngilizce
Sayfa (başlangıç-bitiş)411-421
Sayfa sayısı11
DergiDesalination and Water Treatment
Yayın durumuYayınlandı - 2021

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The authors would like to acknowledge ITU MEM-TEK Laboratories, ÇINAR Environmental Laboratories, and SUMER Laboratories for their contribution in all sampling, experimentation, and instrumental analysis work. This study was accomplished within the scope of the “Project on the Investigation of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Treatment Technologies” (2016-2018) conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry/Directorate General for Water Management in collaboration with ITUNOVA Technology Inc. ( The authors thank the Directorate General for Water Management for their funding and guidance during the study.

FinansörlerFinansör numarası
Directorate General For Water Management
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Treatment Technologies
ITU MEM-TEK Laboratories
ITUNOVA Technology Inc.
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry/Directorate General for Water Management
SUMER Laboratories
ÇINAR Environmental Laboratories

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