Enrofloxacin oxidative degradation facilitated by metal oxide nanoparticles

Lea Fink, Ishai Dror*, Brian Berkowitz

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The activity of copper oxide, titanium carbide and silicon nitride nanoparticles for the oxidative degradation of environmentally relevant concentrations (μgL-1 range) of enrofloxacin - an important veterinary antibiotic drug - in aqueous solutions was investigated. With hydrogen peroxide as an oxidative agent, both copper oxide and titanium carbide decrease the concentration of enrofloxacin by more than 90% over 12h. Addition of sodium halide salts strongly increases the reaction rate of copper oxide nanoparticles. The mechanism for the formation of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) was investigated by Electron Spin Resonance (ESR).

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)144-149
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The financial support of the Brita Fund is gratefully acknowledged. BB holds the Sam Zuckerberg Chair in Hydrology.


  • Advanced Oxidation Processes
  • Antibiotic
  • Copper oxide
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Silicon nitride
  • Titanium carbide


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