Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Drinking water treatment; Nanoparticle removal; Nanoparticles; Single particle ICP-MS


"Single particle (SP)-ICP-MS methods were developed to characterize and quantify Ti-containing, titanium dioxide, silver, and gold NP concentration, size, size distribution and dissolved metal element concentration in surface water and treated drinking water. The effectiveness of conventional drinking water treatments (including lime softening, alum coagulation, filtration, and disinfection) to remove NPs from surface water was evaluated using six-gang stirrer jar test simulations. Six-gang stirrers were used to simulate drinking water treatments including lime softening, alum coagulation, powdered activated carbon sorption, filtration, and disinfection by free chlorine. Lime softening effectively removed most nanoparticles added. Source and drinking waters from three large drinking water treatment facilities were collected and analyzed by the SP-ICP-MS methods. Ti-containing particles and dissolved Ti were present in the river water samples, but Ag and Au were not present. The facilities were able to effectively remove most of the Ti-containing particles found in the source water."--Abstract, page iv.


Shi, Honglan

Committee Member(s)

Ma, Yinfa
Liang, Xinhua



Degree Name

M.S. in Chemistry


Perkin-Elmer Corporation
Missouri. Department of Natural Resources
Missouri University of Science and Technology. Center for Single Nanoparticle, Single Cell, and Single Molecule Monitoring


This research work was supported under a cooperative agreement with PerkinElmer, Inc. (Massachusetts, USA) by providing a model NexION 300D/350 ICP-MS, and was supported by Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Center for Single Nanoparticle, Single Cell, and Single Molecule Monitoring (CS3M) at Missouri University of Science and Technology.


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2016

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Single particle ICP-MS characterization of titanium dioxide, silver, and gold nanoparticles during drinking water treatment


ix, 32 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.


© 2016 Ariel Renee Donovan, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Water -- Purification -- Membrane filtration -- Research
Drinking water -- Purification
Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

Thesis Number

T 10871

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