Potential and Feasibility of the Microalgal System in Removal of Pharmaceutical Compounds from Wastewater

  • Mayuri Chabukdhara
  • Manashjit Gogoi
  • Sanjay Kumar Gupta


Presence of pharmaceutical compounds in wastewater streams is a matter of great concern as the persistence nature of these chemicals affects the terrestrial and aquatic organisms. Conventional effluent treatment plants from pharmaceutical industries are not efficient enough to remove the pharmaceutical compounds released along with the waste products. Therefore, more effective and cost-effective waste treatments procedures are required for removal of these chemicals. Nowadays, microalgal-based waste treatment systems are drawing huge attention due to their potential advantages like efficient, low-cost removal of hazardous chemicals, generation of valuable products, sequestering of greenhouse gases, etc. This chapter discusses various microalgal-based systems for removal of pharmaceutical compounds and their challenges and future prospects.


Pharmaceutical compounds Microalgal system Effluent treatment Wastewater 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mayuri Chabukdhara
    • 1
  • Manashjit Gogoi
    • 2
  • Sanjay Kumar Gupta
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Environmental Biology and Wildlife SciencesCotton UniversityGuwahatiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical EngineeringNorth Eastern Hill UniversityShillongIndia
  3. 3.Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology – DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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