The Chlorination of Pharmaceuticals and Other Phenolic Compounds in the Presence of Iodide
Fiss, Edward Matthew
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Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) include a wide range of chemicals such as prescription and overâ theâ counter drugs, fragrances, diagnostic agents, and a litany of other compounds commonly added to household products such as sunscreens, soaps, toothpastes, and deodorants. If present in natural waters, PPCPs can come into contact with disinfectants during drinking water treatment processes. PPCPs are already known to form a variety of disinfection byproducts (DBPs) when oxidized by free chlorine, including trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs), many of which are known carcinogens. Salts, such as iodide, are also often present in natural water systems. Iodide is known to form a much more reactive oxidant, free iodine, when it reacts with free chlorine. Free iodine can react with organic compounds in waters to form iodinated byproducts, many of which have been shown to form in higher yields and to be more toxic than their chlorinated analogues. For this reason, it is necessary to more fully understand the fate of PPCPs during drinking water processes. The overall goals of this study are to 1) elucidate reaction mechanisms and product formation potentials for PPCP oxidation by free chlorine in the presence of iodide and 2) develop a computer model that can act as a predictive tool to aid in the assessment of potential risks resulting from PPCPs in source waters. Through the course of this research, a model was developed that could fit reaction rate parameters and accurately predict solution reactivity for a range of substituted phenols as well as PPCPs including bisphenolâ A and triclosan. Past studies utilizing pseudoâ firstâ order rate constants to determine a reaction rate overâ simplified the analysis of halogen substitution reactions. Free chlorine reaction rate constant values were updated from the literature since the mechanism for electrophilic substitution was found to be different than stated in currently published literature. The involvement of H2OCl+ was found to be negligible. The mechanism for the electrophilic substitution of phenolic compounds by free iodide was also different from current literature findings. We found that I2, rather than H2OI+, was an extremely important species for free iodine reactions and must be considered when analyzing the reaction kinetics. Finally, we found that small amounts of iodide can significantly affect product formation pathways thereby causing preferential formation of iodinated products and a potential increase in the total product formation. In general, the reaction kinetics were highly dependent upon the pH, iodide to free chlorine ratio, and the reactivity of the phenolic compound, and our model was able to successfully address changes in each of these variables. An LFER was developed that showed a linear relationship between reaction rates and the pKa of a phenolic compound. It is believed that the model developed can be used as a predictive tool to estimate reactivity of natural waters for a range of phenolic PPCPs simply by using the compounds pKa.
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