Recent advances in photodegradation of antibiotic residues in water

Xiuru Yang, Zhi Chen, Wan Zhao, Chunxi Liu, Xiaoxiao Qian, Ming Zhang, Guoying Wei, Eakalak Khan, Yun Hau Ng, Yong Sik Ok

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Antibiotics are widely present in the environment due to their extensive and long-term use in modern medicine. The presence and dispersal of these compounds in the environment lead to the dissemination of antibiotic residues, thereby seriously threatening human and ecosystem health. Thus, the effective management of antibiotic residues in water and the practical applications of the management methods are long-term matters of contention among academics. Particularly, photocatalysis has attracted extensive interest as it enables the treatment of antibiotic residues in an eco-friendly manner. Considerable progress has been achieved in the implementation of photocatalytic treatment of antibiotic residues in the past few years. Therefore, this review provides a comprehensive overview of the recent developments on this important topic. This review primarily focuses on the application of photocatalysis as a promising solution for the efficient decomposition of antibiotic residues in water. Particular emphasis was laid on improvement and modification strategies, such as augmented light harvesting, improved charge separation, and strengthened interface interaction, all of which enable the design of powerful photocatalysts to enhance the photocatalytic removal of antibiotics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126806
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China (No. LY17E020008), the Technology Foundation for Selected Overseas Chinese Scholars of Zhejiang Province, and Fundamental Research Funds for the Provincial Universities of Zhejiang (2020YW53). This work was also carried out with the support of the Cooperative Research Program for Agriculture Science and Technology Development (Project No. PJ014758), the Rural Development Administration in the Republic of Korea.

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© 2020 Elsevier B.V.


  • Advanced materials
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Green and sustainable remediation
  • High-performance photocatalyst
  • Reaction mechanisms for photodegradation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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