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J Colloid Interface Sci. 2004 Jun 15;274(2):587-93.

Effect of chlorine on adsorption/ultrafiltration treatment for removing natural organic matter in drinking water.

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Department of Environmental Engineering, Taegu Science College, Buk-Gu, Daegu 702-724, South Korea.


In drinking water treatment, prechlorination is often applied in order to control microorganisms and taste-and-odor-causing materials, which may influence organics removal by adsorption and membrane filtration. Thus, the addition of chlorine into an advanced water treatment process using a hybrid of adsorption and ultrafiltration (UF) was investigated in terms of natural organic matter (NOM) removal and membrane permeability. A comparison between two adsorbents, iron oxide particles (IOP) and powdered activated carbon (PAC), was made to understand the sorption behavior for NOM with and without chlorination. Chlorine modified the properties of dissolved and colloidal NOM in raw water, which brought about lower TOC removal, during IOP/UF. The location of IOPs, whether they were in suspension or in a cake layer, affected NOM removal, depending on the presence of colloidal particles in feedwater. Chlorine also played a role in reducing the size of particulate matter in raw water, which could be in close association with a decline in permeate flux after chlorination.


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