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Water Sci Technol. 2019 Feb;79(4):731-740. doi: 10.2166/wst.2019.092.

Occurrence and characteristics of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in electroplating industrial wastewater.

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School of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, China University of Mining & Technology (Beijing), Beijing 100083, China E-mail:
Beijing Engineering Research Center of Process Pollution Control, Division of Environment Technology and Engineering, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China.


The potential negative effects of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) discharged into aquatic environments are drawing increasing attention. However, little research has been undertaken on PFASs in wastewater from electroplating industrial parks. In this study, the concentration profiles and geographical distribution of 11 PFASs were analyzed in water samples collected from different production workshops and an artificial landscaped lake. The total concentrations of PFASs (Σ11PFASs) at various points in the production drainage system range from 229.5 to 5410.6 ng/L, and are mainly contributed by nickel plating, pickling, and the cyanide bright silver plating procedure, which correspond to cyanide-containing and acid-alkali wastewater conditioning tanks. Wastewater treatment by oxidation and precipitation removed 52.6% and 20% of PFASs, respectively. Σ11PFASs in effluents is about 538 ng/L, which consists of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA, 430.5 ng/L), followed by perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS, 35.27 ng/L), perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS, 28.05 ng/L), and perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA, 18.3 ng/L). Principal component analysis suggests that the Σ11PFASs in electroplating wastewater is very high and short-chain (C4-C8) PFASs have high detection and contribution rates. As a result, much attention should be paid to the increase in short-chain substitution effects and pollution around the factory area.

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