Date of Award

Fall 12-18-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program



Civil and Environmental Engineering

Major Professor

Dr. Enrique J. La Motta

Second Advisor

Dr. John Alex McCorquodale

Third Advisor

Dr. Bhaskar Kura


This research focused on chlorine-free disinfection of wastewater by complying with today's regulations. The equipment used was a continuous flow electrochemical reactor connected to an alternating current (AC) power supply. The electrodes used were made out of titanium coated with iridium oxide. To determine the inactivation of Escherichia Coli, a bacterial count method based on the USEPA method 1603 was used.

After several experiments it was determined that electrochemical disinfection using AC was not efficient and economic enough to be classified as a viable alternative to chlorine disinfection. It was demonstrated that chlorine can be produced by electrolysis using AC and that no hydrogen could be noticed as a byproduct of the electrolysis of wastewater. When the results from this investigation were compared to the ones obtained using DC in Acosta (2014), it was determined that the belief that AC and DC are equally efficient at disinfecting wastewater is wrong.


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