Studies in instant water disinfection using natural oils

TitleStudies in instant water disinfection using natural oils
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsDixit, D, Bhandari, VM, Mane, MB, Balapure, K
JournalBiochemical Engineering Journal
Date PublishedNOV
Type of ArticleArticle
KeywordsBacteria removal, Natural oil, Technology, Water treatment, Zeta potential

The present research reveals an instant and simple process for drinking water treatment by employing specific natural oils having antimicrobial properties to ensure complete elimination of harmful bacteria. The disinfection was studied for two different model bacteria, Gram-negative E. coli and Gram-positive, S. aureus. Seven natural oils, ajwain, thyme, oregano, peppermint, harsingar, cinnamon leaf and black pepper oil were evaluated and were found to yield 100% water disinfection within 1 min except for harsingar and black pepper oil. The process was also effective for the instant and 100% disinfection of real well water. The methodology for altering zeta potential, to an extent of 130%, for instant disinfection in drinking water treatment helps in selecting natural oils. Molecular docking studies indicated natural oils action as potential inhibitors of bacterial DNA gyrase. The studies indicate one of the lowest operating costs comparable to conventional chlorination. The simple meth-odology not requiring complex equipment has the potential to provide many options for implementations-from portability, household application to large scale water treatment plants.

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