N. Dia

Kumasi Technical University

D. Azanu

Kumasi Technical University

J. Darmey

Kumasi Technical University

A. Sanogo

Kumasi Technical University

Keywords: Microplastics, Antibiotics, Adsorption, Ciprofloxacin, Water


Antibiotic residue concentrations rise in the environment and are found in practically all water bodies, including lakes and rivers, as a result of inadequate management of residential and medical wastes. Contrarily, there is a substantial chance of medication toxicity and resistance. On their surfaces, plastic particles in water often carry organic molecules like medications. Plastics can therefore be utilized as an adsorbing medium to remove antibiotic residues from water. This study investigated the use of microplastics produced from composite plastic wastes from the landfill site in the removal of ciprofloxacin in water. The coefficient of determination was used to measure the goodness of fit of the adsorption results to the Freundlich and Langmuir models. The R2 values were 0.09 and 8.55 for Langmuir and Freundlich respectively. This means the Freundlich model was shown to be more accurate than the Langmuir model when adsorption findings were applied to them.

Author Biographies

N. Dia, Kumasi Technical University

Department of Civil Engineering

D. Azanu, Kumasi Technical University

Department of Laboratory Technology

J. Darmey, Kumasi Technical University

Department of Chemical Engineering

A. Sanogo, Kumasi Technical University

Department of Chemical Engineering