Elimination of antineoplastic compounds in hospital wastewaters

Posted on 10 Oct 2016 in Université Catholique de Louvain

Elimination of antineoplastic compounds in hospital wastewaters

Targeting the elimination of antineoplastic compounds in hospital wastewaters: novel frontiers in sustainable treatment

This study aims to develop an advanced oxidation process in order to treat hospital wastewaters. The removal efficiency of a technology called photocatalytic membrane reactor towards antineoplastic drugs will be studied. Such drugs are used to treat different cancers.


The research project aims to develop an appropriate oxidation process to minimize the toxicity of antineoplastic compounds present in hospital wastewater. The specific objectives are as follows:

  • Characterization study of wastewaters of 3 Belgian hospitals
  • Feasibility study on the treatment performance for antineoplastic drugs removal in hospital wastewater
  • Applicability study on membrane based treatment technology for wastewater in hospitals.

Overall research content

Survey on hospital wastewater (3 hospitals)

  • Survey on characteristics of hospital wastewaters (cytostatics and physio-chemical parameters);
  • Estimate the pollution loads and risk of hospital wastewater discharge;

Photocatalytic membrane reactor (PMR)

  • Investigate the performance of the system based on removal of antineoplastics, their by-products and total organic carbon.
  • Evaluate the characteristic of fouling behavior in PMR;
  • Propose suitable and optimized operating conditions for PMR treating hospital wastewater.

Qualification Requirement

Students with background of environmental/chemical engineering with good laboratory skills.


8 semaines minimum


Université Catholique de Louvain


 Louvain-la-Neuve, BELGIQUE

Photo by Gilles San Martin