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This course takes the participant from a state of little or no knowledge of Advanced Oxidation Technologies (AOTs) to the state where the participant will be able to design an AOT unit for a water, wastewater or industrial wastewater treatment plant.

Course Outline
This course is a practical 2-day program, where the emphasis is on learning by doing problems. Each lecture session will be followed by a problem-solving period, where participants can gain further insight into the fundamentals and design issues by working out practical problems, which will then be solved in a group session.

The course takes the participant from a state of little or no knowledge of Advanced Oxidation Technologies (AOTs) to the state where the participant will be able to design an AOT unit for a water, wastewater or industrial wastewater treatment plant.

Background There is increasing concern about ‘micro-pollutants’ in drinking water. These comprise endocrine disrupting compounds, pharmaceutical products, personal care products, pesticides, herbicides, etc. that may be present in microgram per litre quantities or less. The absolute effect of these micro-pollutants is unclear; however, some utilities are taking the attitude that they should be removed if possible. There are many industrial wastewaters that contain pollutants that must be removed or detoxified before discharge into a river or sewar.   Advanced Oxidation Technologies (AOTs) offer attractive treatment options. AOTs involve the generation (often by UV light) of hydroxyl radicals, which can attack and oxidize almost all organic contaminants.
Objectives The course aims to achieve a(n):
  • Thorough understanding of the fundamentals of Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) for the removal of contaminants or the detoxification of contaminated waters
  • Understanding of Photochemistry and its application to AOPs.
  • Realization of the importance of rates and rate constants in AOPs.
  • Detailed understanding of the concept of Electrical Energy per Order and its economic significance.
  • Practical view of how AOPS are applied in water, wastewater and industrial wastewater treatment plants.

Target Audience

  • Engineers involved with the design, operation, management and maintenance of water and wastewater treatment plants.
  • Consulting engineers seeking a better understanding of Advanced Oxidation
  • Engineering students in environmental engineering programs
Program Outline Session 1 –Fundamentals of Advanced Oxidation
  • What is Advanced Oxidation?
  • Properties of the hydroxyl radical
  • AOT mechanism
  • Types of AOTs

Session 2 –UV and visible light driven AOTs

  • Terms and definitions of UV light
  • Photochemistry concepts and the Laws of Photochemistry
  • Rates of photochemical reactions
  • Quantum yields

Session 3 –Fluence-based rate constants

  • Time-based rate constants
  • Collimated beam measurements
  • Conversion to fluence-based rate constants
  • Fundamental meaning of fluence-based rate constants

Session 4 –Economics of AOTs

  • Figures of Merit for AOTs
  • Electrical Energy per Order and its relation to fundamental parameters
  • Comparison of the economics of AOTs

Session 5 –Examples of AOT treatment

  • Photodegradation of N-Nitrosodimethylamine
  • UV/H2O2 treatment of methyl-t-butyl ether
Session 6 –Case studies from a survey of installed AOT facilities
Learning Outcomes
After Completing This Course, Participants Should Be Able to:
  • Have a much better understanding of Advanced Oxidation and its uses in removing contaminants and detoxifying contaminated waters
  • Understand the concept of Electrical Energy per Order and its importance in the economic evaluation of AOTs
  • Design AOT units for water and wastewater plants
Instructor Dr. James R. Bolton has a BA and MA from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.   He served as Executive Director (and Editor of IUVA News) of the International Ultraviolet Association from 1999 to 2007; he is President of his consulting firm, Bolton Photosciences Inc. and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta.
  He is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. Dr. Bolton has over 35 year’s experience in photochemistry and ultraviolet technologies and has over 290 publications, including 10 books and 8 patents.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

A certificate of completed Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be granted at the end of this course. Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.

Cancellation Policy
If you wish to withdraw from a course, you must advise us, in writing, including the official receipt. Our policies regarding refund are:

More than fifteen business days in advance: a full refund minus $50.00 administration charge.

Fifteen or less business days in advance: a transfer to another course or a credit, valid for one year, to another GIC course can be considered. Credits are transferable within your organization.

If the course has been running for more than 2 weeks, or after the course has started, an 80% credit towards another GIC course may be considered, if notice is received before the start date of the second session. After this time, no refunds or credits will be issued. If a speaker is not available due to unforeseen circumstances, another speaker of equal ability will be substituted.

GIC reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. GIC's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. GIC is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations.

Refund Policy: Allow up to 30 days for refunds to be processed.

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