Factors influencing the photodegradation of N-nitrosodimethylamine in drinking water

  • Bingbing Xu
  • Zhonglin Chen
  • Fei Qi
  • Jimin Shen
  • Fengchang Wu
Research Article


In order to provide basic data for practical application, photodegradation experiment of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in aqueous solution was carried out with a low-pressure Hg lamp. Effects of the initial concentration of NDMA, solution pH, dissolved oxygen, and the presence of humic acid on NDMA photodegradation were investigated. NDMA at various initial concentrations selected in this study was almost completely photodegraded by UV irradiation within 20 min, except that at 1.07 mmol/L, NDMA could be photodegraded almost completely in the acidic and neutral solutions, while the removal efficiency decreased remarkably in the alkaline solution. Dissolved oxygen enhanced the NDMA photodegradation, and the presence of humic acid inhibited the degradation of NDMA. Depending on the initial concentration of NDMA, NDMA photodegradation by UV obeyed the pseudo-first-order kinetics. Dimethylamine, nitrite, and nitrate were detected as the photodegradation products of NDMA. 1O2 was found to be the reactive oxygen species present in the NDMA photodegradation process by UV, based on the inhibiting experiments using tert-butanol and sodium azide.


N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) ultraviolet irradiation degradation kinetic dimethylamine photodegradation product 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bingbing Xu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zhonglin Chen
    • 1
  • Fei Qi
    • 3
  • Jimin Shen
    • 1
  • Fengchang Wu
    • 2
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and EnvironmentHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinChina
  2. 2.State Environmental Protection Key Laboratory for Lake Pollution ControlChinese Research Academy of Environmental SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.College of Environmental Science and EngineeringBeijing Forestry UniversityBeijingChina

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