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Faculty of Engineering Division of Environmental Engineering Division of Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor

Researcher Profile and Settings


  • Faculty of Engineering Division of Environmental Engineering Division of Environmental Engineering

Job Title

  • Associate Professor


  • March 2003, Doctor of Engineering from Kyoto University (Dept. Environ. Sanitary Eng.)(Kyoto University)


Research funding number

  • 30283401

J-Global ID

Research Interests

  • Drinking water treatment, toxicity evaluation, removal of virus, vacuum ultraviolet irradiation, chlorinous odor   Environmental and Sanitary Engineering   

Research Areas

  • Social infrastructure (civil Engineering, architecture, disaster prevention) / Civil engineering (environmental systems)

Academic & Professional Experience

  • 2010/04 - Today Hokkaido University Faculty of Engineering, Division of Built Environment
  • 2007/04 - 2010/03 Hokkaido University Graduate School of Engineering, Division of Built Environment
  • 2006/01 - 2007/03 Hokkaido University Graduate School of Engineering, Division of Built Environment
  • 2002/04 - 2005/12 Gifu University Faculty of Engineering
  • 1999/04 - 2002/03 岐阜大学工学部土木工学科 助手
  • 1996/04 - 1999/03 Nagoya University Graduate School of Engineering, Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering


  • 1994/04 - 1996/03  Kyoto University  Graduate School of Engineering
  • 1992/04 - 1994/03  Kyoto University  Graduate School of Engineering
  • 1988/04 - 1992/03  Kyoto University  Faculty of Engineering

Association Memberships

  • 日本水環境学会バイオアッセイによる安全性評価研究委員会   日本環境工学教授協会   土木学会   バイオアッセイ研究会   日本水環境学会   International Water Association (IWA)   

Research Activities

Published Papers

  • Matsushita, T, Sugita, W, Ishikawa, T, Shi, G, Nishizawa, S, Matsui, Y, Shirasaki, N
    Water Research 164 2019/11 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Nishikawa, S, Matsui, Y, Matsushita, T, Shirasaki, N
    Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology 106 43 - 49 2019/08 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Takaesu, H, Matsui, Y, Nishimura, Y, Matsushita, T, Shirasaki, N
    Water Research 155 (15) 66 - 75 2019/05 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Yoshifumi Nakazawa, Yoshihiko Matsui, Yusuke Hanamura, Koki Shinno, Nobutaka Shirasaki, Taku Matsushita
    WATER RESEARCH 147 311 - 320 0043-1354 2018/12 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Because of the eminent adsorptive capacity and rate for dissolved organic molecules compared to conventionally-sized powdered activated carbon (PAC), super-fine powdered activated carbon (SPAC) is gathering momentum for use in not only the pretreatment for membrane filtration for drinking water purification but also the conventional water purification process consisting of coagulation-flocculation, sedimentation, and rapid sand-filtration (CSF). However, the probability of SPAC particles to leak through a sand bed is higher than that of PAC, and their strict leakage control is an issue to be challenged when applying SPAC to CSF. However, study focusing on very high particle removal, which yield residual concentrations down to around 100 particles/mL, has been very limited. A previous study mentioned that the tendency of SPAC leakage is related to its low destabilization. In response to this, the present study focused on the two key components of coagulation (mixing intensity and coagulants) and investigated how to effectively reduce the residual SPAC after CSF.Astonishingly, the flash mixing (the first process of CSF), especially its G (velocity gradient) value, played the most important role in determining the residual SPAC in the filtrate of sand filter (the fourth process). Even if the slow mixing time was short, a sufficiently large G value but short T (mixing time) value in flash mixing effectively reduced the residual SPAC. When the total GT value of flash and slow mixing was fixed at a constant, priority should be given to flash mixing to reduce the residual SPAC.Among 23 PACI (poly-aluminum chloride) coagulants, PACI with a high-basicity (basicity 70%) and with sulfate ion (0.14 of sulfate/aluminum in molar ratio), produced by Al(OH)(3)-dissolution, were the most effective to reduce the residual SPAC after CSF. PACIs produced by base-titration, which have been intensively investigated in previous researches, were not effective due to lack of floc-formation ability. However, their Al species composition determined by the ferron method were almost the same as those of PACT by Al(OH)(3)-dissolution, and their charge-neutralization capacities were higher. PACIs produced by Al(OH)(3)-dissolution possessed both charge-neutralization and floc-formation abilities, but the former ability was more important to minimize the residual of SPAC. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Takanashia, H, Abiru, K, Hama, T, Shinfuku, Y, Nakajima, T, Ohki, A, Ueda, T, Kondo, T, Matsushita, T, Kameya, T
    Water Research 146 187 - 196 2018/12 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Yoshifumi Nakazawa, Yoshihiko Matsui, Yusuke Hanamura, Koki Shinno, Nobutaka Shirasaki, Taku Matsushita
    WATER RESEARCH 138 160 - 168 0043-1354 2018/07 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Superfine powdered activated carbon (SPAC; particle diameter similar to 1 mu m) has greater adsorptivity for organic molecules than conventionally sized powdered activated carbon (PAC). Although SPAC is currently used in the pretreatment to membrane filtration at drinking water purification plants, it is not used in conventional water treatment consisting of coagulation-flocculation, sedimentation, and rapid sand filtration (CSF), because it is unclear whether CSF can adequately remove SPAC from the water. In this study, we therefore investigated the residual SPAC particles in water after CSF treatment. First, we developed a method to detect and quantify trace concentration of carbon particles in the sand filtrate. This method consisted of 1) sampling particles with a membrane filter and then 2) using image analysis software to manipulate a photomicrograph of the filter so that black spots with a diameter >0.2 mu m (considered to be carbon particles) could be visualized. Use of this method revealed that CSF removed a very high percentage of SPAC: approximately 5-log in terms of particle number concentrations and approximately 6-log in terms of particle volume concentrations. When waters containing 7.5-mg/L SPAC and 30-mg/L PAC, concentrations that achieved the same adsorption performance, were treated, the removal rate of SPAC was somewhat superior to that of PAC, and the residual particle number concentrations for SPAC and PAC were at the same low level (100-200 partides/mL). Together, these results suggest that SPAC can be used in place of PAC in CSF treatment without compromising the quality of the filtered water in terms of particulate matter contamination. However, it should be noted that the activated carbon particles after sand filtration were smaller in terms of particle size and were chargeneutralized to a lesser extent than the activated carbon particles before sand filtration. Therefore, the tendency of small particles to escape in the filtrate would appear to be related to the fact that their small size leads to a low destabilization rate during the coagulation process and a low collision rate during the flocculation and filtration processes. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Matsushita, T, Morimoto, A, Kuriyama, T, Matsumoto, E, Matsui, Y, Shirasaki, N, Kondo, T, Takanashi, H, Kameya, T
    Water Research 138 67 - 76 2018/07 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Akiyama, M, Matsui, Y, Kido, J, Matsushita, T, Shirasaki, N
    Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology 95 161 - 174 2018/06 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Matsushita, T, Honda, S, Kuriyama, T, Fujita, Y, Kondo, T, Matsui, Y, Shirasaki, N, Takanashi, H, Kameya, T
    Water Research 129 347 - 356 2018/02 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Long Pan, Yuki Nishimura, Hideki Takaesu, Yoshihiko Matsui, Taku Matsushita, Nobutaka Shirasaki
    WATER RESEARCH 124 425 - 434 0043-1354 2017/11 [Refereed][Not invited]
    The capacity of activated carbon particles with median diameters (D50s) of >similar to 1 mu m for adsorption of hydrophobic micropollutants such as 2-methylisolborneol (MIB) increases with decreasing particle size because the pollutants are adsorbed mostly on the exterior (shell) of the particles owing to the limited diffusion penetration depth. However, particles with D50s of <1 mu m have not been thoroughly investigated. Here, we prepared particles with D50s of similar to 30 mu m-similar to 140 nm and evaluated their adsorption capacities for MIB and several other environmentally relevant adsorbates. The adsorption capacities for low-molecular-weight adsorbates, including MIB, deceased with decreasing particle size for D50s of less than a few micrometers, whereas adsorption capacities increased with decreasing particle size for larger particles. The oxygen content of the particles increased substantially with decreasing particle size for D50s of less than a few micrometers, and oxygen content was negatively correlated with adsorption capacity. The decrease in adsorption capacity with decreasing particle size for the smaller particles was due to particle oxidation during the micromilling procedure used to decrease D50 to similar to 140 nm. When oxidation was partially inhibited, the MIB adsorption capacity decrease was attenuated. For high molecular-weight adsorbates, adsorption capacity increased with decreasing particle size over the entire range of tested particle sizes, even though particle oxygen content increased with decreasing particle size. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Taku Matsushita, Miki Sakuma, Shiori Tazawa, Taiki Hatase, Nobutaka Shirasaki, Yoshihiko Matsui
    WATER RESEARCH 125 332 - 340 0043-1354 2017/11 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Off-flavor in drinking water can be caused by transformation products (TPs) generated from organic compounds, such as amino acids, present during chlorination. However, the contributions of many of these TPs to overall off-flavor have not been quantified, mainly because the lack of appropriate chemical standards prevents sensory evaluation by means of a conventional flask test. In the present study, we used gas chromatography mass spectrometry olfactometry (GC-MS-O) to identify compounds responsible for the off-flavor generated by chlorination of an aqueous solution of the amino acid phenylalanine, and we propose a sensory evaluation procedure for quantification of the contributions of the identified TPs to the overall off-flavor, regardless of the availability of chemical standards of the TPs. GC-MS-O revealed that two TPs, N-chlorophenylacetaldimine and 2-chloro-2-phenylacetaldehyde, for which chemical standards are not commercially available, were the main components responsible for the off-flavor of the chlorinated solution. By using a sensory evaluation procedure involving a combination of GC-MS-0 and a conventional flask test, we quantified the contributions of TPs to the overall off-flavor of the chlorinated solution. Approximately 60% of the off-flavor was attributable to free chlorine (13%), 2-chloro-2-phenylacetaldehyde (13%), trichloramine (12%) phenylacetaldehyde (11%) phenylacetonitrile (8%), and N-chlorophenylacetaldimine (2%). Treatment with powdered activated carbon (PAC) removed the off-flavor. Experiments with chlorination of N-15-labeled phenylalanine suggested that PAC reductively decomposed trichloramine into N-2 gas and adsorbed all of the other identified TPs. Superfine PAC (median diameter, 0.7 mu m) removed the off-flavor more rapidly than normal-size PAC (median diameter, 8.0 mu m). (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Yoshihiko Matsui, Nobutaka Shirasaki, Takuro Yamaguchi, Kenta Kondo, Kaori Machida, Taiga Fukuura, Taku Matsushita
    WATER RESEARCH 118 177 - 186 0043-1354 2017/07 [Refereed][Not invited]
    We evaluated 51 poly-aluminum chloride (PACl) coagulants to determine the coagulant characteristics that were responsible for effective arsenate removal from contaminated river water by means of experiments involving coagulation, settling, and microfiltration. Some of the high-basicity PACls exhibited high arsenate removal percentages, particularly under alkaline conditions, and we investigated various relevant properties and characteristics of these high-basicity PACls. Effective arsenate removal was correlated with the content of polymeric and colloidal aluminum species (Alb and Alc) in the PACls but was not well correlated with colloid charge or zeta potential. Multiple regression analysis revealed that a portion of Alb and Alc, which reacted with the ferron reagent during the period from 30 min to 3 h, that is, the (Al30min-3h) fraction, had the highest arsenate sorption capacity, followed by a colloidal aluminum fraction (Al->3h, which reacted with ferron at a time of >3 h). The Al30min-3h fraction was stable, and its arsenate sorption capacity did not decrease markedly with increasing pH. The Al30min-3h fraction did not correspond to the Keggin-type e-Al-13 polycation or the delta-Al-30 polycation; it is likely to be an aluminum polymer that is unobservable by Al-27 NMR spectroscopy. Our results suggest that PACls with a high proportion of the Al30min-3h fraction should be used for enhanced arsenate removal by coagulation. A high content of the e-Al-13 polycation or the delta-Al-30 polycation was not indispensable for effective arsenate removal. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • N. Shirasaki, T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, K. Murai
    WATER RESEARCH 115 29 - 39 0043-1354 2017/05 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Here, we evaluated the efficacy of direct microfiltration (MF) and ultrafiltration (UF) to remove three representative human enteric viruses (i.e., adenovirus [AdV] type 40, coxsackievirus [CV] B5, and hepatitis A virus [HAV] IB), and one surrogate of human caliciviruses (i.e., murine norovirus [MNV] type 1). Eight different MF membranes and three different UF membranes were used. We also examined the ability of coagulation pretreatment with high-basicity polyaluminum chloride (PACl) to enhance virus removal by MF. The removal ratios of two bacteriophages (MS2 and phi X174) and a plant virus (pepper mild mottle virus; PMMoV) were compared with the removal ratios of the human enteric viruses to assess the suitability of these viruses to be used as surrogates for human enteric viruses. The virus removal ratios obtained with direct MF with membranes with nominal pore sizes of 0.1-0.22 mu m differed, depending on the membrane used; adsorptive interactions, particularly hydrophobic interactions between virus particles and the membrane surface, were dominant factors for virus removal. In contrast, direct UF with membranes with nominal molecular weight cutoffs of 1-100 kDa effectively removed viruses through size exclusion, and >4-log(10) removal was achieved when a membrane with a nominal molecular weight cutoff of 1 kDa was used. At pH 7 and 8, in-line coagulation-MF with non-sulfated high-basicity PACls containing Al-30 species had generally a better virus removal (i.e., >4-log(10) virus removal) than the other aluminum-based coagulants, except for phi X174. For all of the filtration processes, the removal ratios of AdV, CV, HAV, and MNV were comparable and strongly correlated with each other. The removal ratios of MS2 and PMMoV were comparable or smaller than those of the three human enteric viruses and MNV, and were strongly correlated with those of the three human enteric viruses and MNV. The removal ratios obtained with coagulation-MF for phi X174 were markedly smaller than those obtained for the three human enteric viruses and MNV. However, because MS2 was inactivated after contact with PACI during coagulation pretreatment, unlike AdV, CV, MNV, and PMMoV, the removal ratios of infectious MS2 were probably an overestimation of the ability of coagulation-MF to remove infectious AdV, CV, and caliciviruses. Thus, PMMoV appears to be a suitable surrogate for human enteric viruses, whereas MS2 and phi X174 do not, for the assessment of the efficacy of membrane filtration processes to remove viruses. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Long Pan, Yuichi Takagi, Yoshihiko Matsui, Taku Matsushita, Nobutaka Shirasaki
    WATER RESEARCH 114 50 - 58 0043-1354 2017/05 [Refereed][Not invited]
    We milled granular activated carbons (GACs) that had been used for 0-9 years in water treatment plants and produced carbon particles with different sizes and ages: powdered activated carbons (PAC, median diameter 12-42 mu m), superfine PAC (SPAC, 0.9-3.5 mu m), and submicron-sized SPAC (SSPAC, 220 290 nm). The fact that SPAC produced from 1-year-old GAC and SSPAC from 2-year-old GAC removed 2-methylisoborneol (MIB) from water with an efficiency similar to that of virgin PAC after a carbon contact time of 30 min suggests that spent GAC could be reused for water treatment after being milled. This potential for reuse was created by increasing the equilibrium adsorption capacity via reduction of the carbon particle size and improving the adsorption kinetics. During long-term (>1 year) use in GAC beds, the volume of pores in the carbon, particularly pores with widths of 0.6-0.9 nm, was greatly reduced. The equilibrium adsorption capacities of the carbon for compounds with molecular sizes in this range could therefore decrease with increasing carbon age. Among these compound's, the decreases of capacities were prominent for hydrophobic compounds, including MIB. For hydrophobic compounds, however, the equilibrium adsorption capacities could be increased with decreasing carbon particle size. The iodine number, among other indices, was best correlated with the equilibrium adsorption capacity of the MIB and would be a good index to assess the remaining MIB adsorption capacity of spent carbon. Spent GAC can possibly be reused as SPAC or SSPAC if its iodine number is >= 600 mg/g. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Taku Matsushita, Yoshihiko Matsui, Shohei Ikekame, Miki Sakuma, Nobutaka Shirasaki
    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 51 (8) 4541 - 4548 0013-936X 2017/04 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Mechanisms underlying trichloramine removal with activated carbon treatment were proven by batch experiments and theoretical analysis with diffusion-reaction models. The observed values of trichloramine and free chlorine were explained only by the model in which (1) both trichloramine and free chlorine were involved as reactants, (2) the removals of reactants were affected both by the intraparticle diffusion and by the reaction with activated carbon, and (3) trichloramine decomposition was governed by two distinct reductive reactions. One reductive reaction was expressed as a first-order reaction: the reductive reaction of trichloramine with the basal plane of PAC, which consists of graphene sheets. The other reaction was expressed as a second-order reaction: the reductive reaction of trichloramine with active functional groups located on the edge of the basal plane. Free chlorine competitively reacted with-both the basal plane and the active functional groups. The fact that the model prediction succeeded even in experiments with different activated carbon doses, with different initial trichloramine concentrations, and with different sizes of activated carbon particles clearly proved that the mechanisms described in the model were reasonable for explaining trichloramine removal with activated carbon treatment.
  • N. Shirasaki, T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, K. Murai, A. Aochi
    JOURNAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS 326 110 - 119 0304-3894 2017/03 [Refereed][Not invited]
    We examined the removal of representative contaminant candidate list (CCL) viruses (coxsackievirus [CV] B5, echovirus type [EV] 11, and hepatitis A virus [HAV] IB), recombinant norovirus virus-like particles (rNV-VLPs), and murine norovirus (MNV) type 1 by coagulation. Water samples were subjected to coagulation with polyaluminum chloride (PACT, basicity 1.5) followed by either settling or settling and filtration. Together with our previously published results, the removal ratio order, as evaluated by a plaque-forming-unit method or an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay after settling, was HAV > EV = rNV-VLPs >= CV = poliovirus type 1 = MNV> adenovirus type 40 (range, 0.1-2.7-log(10)). Infectious HAV was likely inactivated by the PACl and therefore was removed to a greater extent than the other viruses. A nonsulfated high-basicity PACl (basicity 2.1), removed the CCL viruses more efficiently than did two other sulfated PACls (basicity 1.5 or 2.1), alum, or ferric chloride. We also examined the removal ratio of two bacteriophages. The removal ratios for MS2 tended to be larger than those of the CCL viruses, whereas those for phi X174 were comparable with or smaller than those of the CCL viruses. Therefore, phi X174 may be a useful conservative surrogate for CCL viruses during coagulation. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
  • Long Pan, Yoshihiko Matsui, Taku Matsushita, Nobutaka Shirasaki
    WATER RESEARCH 102 516 - 523 0043-1354 2016/10 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Superfine powdered activated carbon (SPAC), which is produced from conventionally sized powdered activated carbon (PAC) by wet milling in a bead mill, has attracted attention for its high adsorptive removal ability in both research and practice. In this study, the performance of dry-milled SPAC was investigated. 2-Methylisoborneol (MIB), an earthy-musty compound commonly targeted by water treatment systems, was used as the target adsorbate. Dry-milled SPAC exhibited lower adsorptive removal of MIB than wet-milled SPAC, even when both SPACs were produced from the same PAC and were composed of particles of the same size. One reason for the lower removal of MIB by the dry-milled SPAC was a higher degree of aggregation in the dry-milled SPAC after production; as a result the apparent particle size of dry-milled SPAC was larger than that of wet-milled SPAC. The dry-milled SPAC was also more negatively charged than the wet-milled SPAC, and, owing to its higher repulsion, it was more amenable to dispersion by ultrasonication. However, even after the dry-milled SPAC was ultrasonicated so that its apparent particle size was similar to or less than that of the wet-milled SPAC, the dry-milled SPAC was still inferior in adsorptive removal to the wet-milled SPAC. Therefore, another reason for the lower adsorptive removal of dry-milled SPAC was its lower equilibrium adsorption capacity, due to the oxidation during the milling. The adsorption kinetics by SPACs with different degrees of particle aggregation were successfully simulated by a pore diffusion model and a fractal aggregation model. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • TAKANASHI Hirokazu, HAMA Tomohiro, NAKAJIMA Tsunenori, OHKI Akira, UEDA Takehiko, MATSUSHITA Taku, KONDO Takashi, KAMEYA Takashi
    Environmental Science 社団法人 環境科学会 29 (5) 229-237  0915-0048 2016/09/30 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • N. Shirasaki, T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, T. Marubayashi, K. Murai
    SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT 563 29 - 39 0048-9697 2016/09 [Refereed][Not invited]
    We evaluated the removal of enteric adenovirus (AdV) type 40 and poliovirus (PV) type 1 by coagulation, using water samples from 13 water sources for drinking water treatment plants in Japan. The behaviors of two widely accepted enteric virus surrogates, bacteriophages MS2 and phi X174, were compared with the behaviors of AdV and PV. Coagulation with polyaluminum chloride (PACl, basicity 1.5) removed AdV and PV from virus-spiked source waters: the infectious AdV and PV removal ratios evaluated by means of a plaque-forming-unit method were 0.1-1.4-log(10) and 0.5-2.4-log(10), respectively. A nonsulfated high-basicity PACl (basicity 2.1) removed infectious AdV and PV more efficiently than did other commercially available PACls (basicity 1.5-2.1), alum, and ferric chloride. The MS2 removal ratios tended to be larger than those of AdV and PV, partly because of differences in the hydrophobicities of the virus particles and the sensitivity of the virus to the virucidal activity of PACl; the differences in removal ratios were not due to differences in the surface charges of the virus particles. MS2, which was more hydrophobic than the other viruses, was inactivated during coagulation with PACl. Therefore, MS2 does not appear to be an appropriate surrogate for AdV and PV during coagulation. In contrast, because phi X174, like AdV and PV, was not inactivated during coagulation, and because the hydrophobicity of phi X174 was similar to or somewhat lower than the hydrophobicities of AdV and PV, the phi X174 removal ratios tended to be similar to or somewhat smaller than those of the enteric viruses. Therefore, phi X174 is a potential conservative surrogate for AdV and PV during coagulation. In summary, the surface hydrophobicity of virus particles and the sensitivity of the virus to the virucidal activity of the coagulant are probably important determinants of the efficiency of virus removal during coagulation. (c) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
  • N. Shirasaki, T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, K. Ohno
    WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY-WATER SUPPLY 16 (3) 737 - 745 1606-9749 2016/06 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Noroviruses (NVs) are one of the leading causes of epidemic gastroenteritis around the world. Water treatment technologies using membrane filtration for virus removal are becoming increasingly important. However, experiments to test removal of NVs from water have been hampered because NVs do not grow in cell culture or in small-animal models and therefore cannot be easily artificially propagated. Expression of the NV genome in a baculovirus-silkworm expression system has produced recombinant NV virus-like particles (rNV-VLPs) that aremorphologically and antigenically similar to native NV. Here, we characterized these rNV-VLPs and evaluated their potential use in assessing NV removal. Electron microscopic analysis and peptide mass fingerprinting showed that the rNV-VLPs were morphologically identical to native NV. In addition, surface charge and particle size distribution, which are important factors for explaining virus particle behavior during membrane filtration, were successfully evaluated by using rNV-VLPs. The rNV-VLPs were easy to quantify with a commercially available enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kit, they remained stable for several days at 4 degrees C after dilution in river water, and they were easy to concentrate with the ultrafiltration entrapment method used. Thus, rNV-VLPs can be used to facilitate our understanding of the behavior of NVs during membrane filtration processes.
  • Nobutaka Shirasaki, Taku Matsushita, Yoshihiko Matsui, Takuya Marubayashi
    JOURNAL OF WATER SUPPLY RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY-AQUA 65 (4) 322 - 329 0003-7214 2016/06 [Refereed][Not invited]
    We investigated the effect of coagulant basicity on bacteriophage removal from river water by polyferric chloride (PFC). PFC at three basicities (basicity 0.9-2.1) was prepared by means of base titration (NaOH was added to ferric chloride (FeCl3) solution) and the virus removal efficiencies of those PFCs were compared with that of FeCl3 (basicity 0). The virus removal efficiencies of the PFCs were equal to or less than that of FeCl3 at both pH 6 and pH 8. This suggests that, unlike aluminum-based coagulants, increasing the basicity of iron-based coagulants does not improve virus removal efficiency. Furthermore, the relative abundance of monomeric iron(III) species in the PFCs decreased, whereas that of precipitated iron(III) species increased with increasing basicity, as assessed with a ferron method. Colloid charge density also decreased with increasing basicity. Therefore, it is likely that the reduction in the abundance of monomeric iron(III) species led to the reduction in colloid charge density, which then reduced virus removal efficiency. Thus, the development of novel iron-based coagulants with increased virus removal efficiency may not be possible by simply increasing the basicity of the coagulant.
  • Taku Matsushita, Masahiro Hashizuka, Taisuke Kuriyama, Yoshihiko Matsui, Nobutaka Shirasaki
    CHEMOSPHERE 148 233 - 240 0045-6535 2016/04 [Refereed][Not invited]
    The effects of two water purification processes (ozonation, and chlorination after ozonation) on the mutagenicity of a solution containing iopamidol (X-ray contrast medium) were investigated by using the Ames assay. No mutagenicity was observed during ozonation. In contrast, mutagenicity was induced by the ozone-treated iopamidol-containing solution after subsequent chlorination, indicating that mutagenic transformation-products (TPs) were generated. Ten of 70 peaks detected on the LC/MS total ion chromatogram (TIC) of the ozone-treated iopamidol-containing solution after chlorination had a positive correlation (r(2) > 0.6) between their peak areas and the observed mutagenicity, suggesting that TPs detected as these peaks may induce mutagenicity. To narrow down the possible contributors to the observed mutagenicity, we compared the areas of the peaks on the TIC-charts with and without chlorination. Of the ten peaks, six were also detected in the ozone-treated iopamidol-containing solution without chlorination, which did not induce mutagenicity, indicating that these peaks were not related to the observed mutagenicity. Accurate m/z values and MS/MS analysis with an orbitrap MS of the remaining four peaks revealed that two of them represented the same TP in the negative and positive ion modes. The three remaining TPs were assessed in four quantitative structure activity relationship models for predicting Ames mutagenicity. At least one model predicted that two of the three TPs were mutagenic, whereas none of the models predicted that the other TP was a mutagen, suggesting that the former TPs, estimated as N1-acetyl-5-amino-6-chloro-2-iodobenzene-1,3-dicarboxamide and 3-hydroxy-243-[(2-hydroxyethoxy)carbony1]-2,4,6-triiodo-5-nitrobenzoyl}amino)propanoic acid, could be the candidate compounds that contributed to the observed mutagenicity. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • N. Shirasaki, T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, T. Marubayashi
    CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL 284 786 - 793 1385-8947 2016/01 [Refereed][Not invited]
    We prepared different types of aluminum-based coagulants, consisting of mainly monomeric aluminum species, polymeric aluminum species, or colloidal aluminum species, to investigate the effect of aluminum hydrolyte species on the removal of two types of human enteroviruses, poliovirus (PV) type 1 and the free-chlorine-resistant virus coxsackievirus (CV) B5, from lake and river water samples during the coagulation process. We found that differences in the distribution of the aluminum hydrolyte species in the coagulant affected the removal of these enteroviruses during coagulation: the removal ratios of PV and CV observed with polyaluminum chloride (PACl) with a high colloidal aluminum content and a basicity of 2.1 (i.e., PACl-2.1c) were larger than those observed with high monomeric aluminum content coagulant (i.e., AlCl3 solution) and with high polymeric aluminum content coagulant PACl (PACl-2.1b). Unlike AlCl3 or PACl-2.1b, PACl-2.1c contains Al-30 species, indicating that Al-30 species probably play a major role in the removal of enteroviruses. The PV and CV removal ratios were almost identical, regardless of the coagulant type or viral quantification method used (plaque-forming unit method or real-time polymerase chain reaction method), suggesting that PV and CV behaved similarly during the coagulation process. We also experimentally confirmed that the main mechanism for virus removal was coprecipitation into growing aluminum hydroxide during charge neutralization; virus adsorption onto formed aluminum hydroxide flocs also contributed to virus removal, but played a limited role. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
  • Yoshihiko Matsui, Soichi Nakao, Asuka Sakamoto, Takuma Taniguchi, Long Pan, Taku Matsushita, Nobutaka Shirasaki
    WATER RESEARCH 85 95 - 102 0043-1354 2015/11 [Refereed][Not invited]
    The adsorption capacities of nine activated carbons for geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol (MIB) were evaluated. For some carbons, adsorption capacity substantially increased when carbon particle diameter was decreased from a few tens of micrometers to a few micrometers, whereas for other carbons, the increase of adsorption capacity was small for MIB and moderate for geosmin. An increase of adsorption capacity was observed for other hydrophobic adsorbates besides geosmin and MIB, but not for hydrophilic adsorbates. The parameter values of a shell adsorption model describing the increase of adsorption capacity were negatively correlated with the oxygen content of the carbon among other characteristics. Low oxygen content indicated low hydrophilicity. The increase of adsorption capacity was related to the hydrophobic properties of both adsorbates and activated carbons. For adsorptive removal of hydrophobic micropollutants such as geosmin, it is therefore recommended that less-hydrophilic activated carbons, such as coconut-shell-based carbons, be microground to a particle diameter of a few micrometers to enhance their equilibrium adsorption capacity. In contrast, adsorption by hydrophilic carbons or adsorption of hydrophilic adsorbates occur in the inner pores, and therefore adsorption capacity is unchanged by particle size reduction. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Taku Matsushita, Nozomi Kobayashi, Masahiro Hashizuka, Haruki Sakuma, Takashi Kondo, Yoshihiko Matsui, Nobutaka Shirasaki
    CHEMOSPHERE 135 101 - 107 0045-6535 2015/09 [Refereed][Not invited]
    In the present study, the effects of chlorination on the mutagenicity (assessed via the Ames assay) and acute toxicity (assessed via a bioluminescence inhibition assay) of solutions containing one of five commonly used iodinated X-ray contrast media (ICM) (iopamidol, iohexol, iopromide, iomeprol, and diatrizoate) were investigated. Of the five ICM tested, only iopamidol was degraded by chlorine. Chlorination of the iopamidol-containing solution induced both mutagenicity and acute toxicity, which increased with chlorination time (up to 96 h). The areas of five out of 54 peaks detected on the LC/MS total ion chromatogram had good correlation (r(2) > 0.90) between peak area and observed mutagenicity. To identify possible contributors to the observed mutagenicity, the Ames assay and LC/MS analysis were conducted on samples collected at 48-h chlorination time and extracted under different pH conditions. Of the five peaks, one peak was detected in the sample extracted at pH 7, but this sample was not mutagenic, indicating that the peak was not related to the observed mutagenicity. MS/MS analysis with an orbitrap mass spectrometer of the remaining four peaks revealed that two of the peaks represented the same TP (detected in negative and positive ion modes). Finally, three TPs were identified as suspected contributors to the mutagenicity induced by the iopamidol-containing solution after chlorination: 5-[(1,3-dihydroxypropan-2-yl)carbamoyl]-3-[(3-hydroxypropanoyl)oxy]-2,4-diiodobenzoic acid; N-(1,3-dihydroxypropan-2-yl)-3-(2,3-dioxopropyl)-2,4,6-triiodobenzamide; and 3-[(1,3-dihydroxypropan-2-yl)carbamoyl]-5-[(3-hydroxybutanoyl)oxy]-2,4,6-triiodobenzoic acid. Prediction of the mutagenicity potential of these three TPs with a battery of four quantitative structure-activity relationship models did not contradict our conclusion that these TPs contributed to the observed mutagenicity. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Taku Matsushita, Keisuke Nakamura, Yoshihiko Matsui, Nobutaka Shirasaki
    MEMBRANE WATER TREATMENT 6 (3) 225 - 235 2005-8624 2015/05 [Refereed][Not invited]
    During low-pressure membrane treatments of cyanobacterial cells, including microfiltration (MF) and ultrafiltration (UF), there have reportedly been releases of intracellular compounds including cyanotoxins and compounds with an earthy-musty odor into the water, probably owing to cyanobacterial cell breakage retained on the membrane. However, to our knowledge, no information was reported regarding the effect of growth phase of cyanobacterial cells on the release of the intracellular compounds. In the present study, we used a geosmin-producing cyanobacterium, Anabaena smithii, to investigate the effect of the growth phase of the cyanobacterium on the release of intracellular geosmin during laboratory-scale MF experiments with the cells in either the logarithmic growth or stationary phase. Separate detection of damaged and intact cells revealed that the extent of cell breakage on the MF membrane was almost the same for logarithmic growth and stationary phase cells. However, whereas the geosmin concentration in the MF permeate increased after 3 h of filtration with cells in the logarithmic growth phase, it did not increase during filtration with cells in the stationary phase: the trend in the geosmin concentration in the MF permeate with time was much different between the logarithmic growth and stationary phases. Adsorption of geosmin to algogenic organic matter (AOM) retained on the MF membrane and/or pore blocking with the AOM were greater when the cells were in the stationary phase versus the logarithmic growth phase, the result being a decrease in the apparent release of intracellular geosmin from the stationary phase cells. In actual drinking water treatment plants employing membrane processes, more attention should be paid to the cyanobacterial cells in logarithmic growth phase than in stationary phase from a viewpoint of preventing the leakage of intracellular earthy-musty odor compounds to finished water.
  • T. Matsushita, S. Hirai, T. Ishikawa, Y. Matsui, N. Shirasaki
    PROCESS SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION 94 528 - 541 0957-5820 2015/03 [Refereed][Not invited]
    We report the first use of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) treatment to decompose 1,4-dioxane, a persistent organic contaminant that is difficult to remove by conventional drinking water treatment processes. The efficiency of VUV treatment was compared to that of VUV- and UV-based advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) (VUV/TiO2, VUV/H2O2, UV/TiO2, and UV/H2O2), and by-product formation was investigated. VUV treatment decomposed 1,4-dioxane more rapidly than did UV and UV/TiO2 treatments. The decomposition rate was enhanced when VUV irradiation was combined with TiO2 or H2O2. VUV/H2O2 decomposed 1,4-dioxane more rapidly than UV/H2O2 at a low H2O2 dose (1 mg/L), but the rate difference became small at a high H2O2 dose (5 mg/L). Electrical energy per order analysis revealed that VUV treatment, and the VUV- and UV-based AOPs, were economically feasible for 1,4-dioxane decomposition. Using raw water samples, we investigated by-product formation during VUV treatment and the effect of VUV irradiation on chlorinated disinfection by-product formation potential. Although the samples contained high concentrations of bromide, no bromate was produced by VUV treatment. VUV treatment slightly decreased trihalomethane formation potential (THMFP), whereas haloacetic acid formation potential (HAAFP) was unchanged, and total aldehyde concentration increased. The trend in HAAFP agreed with that had been reported for the VUV irradiation with much higher dose (Buchanan et al., 2006), whereas the trend in THMFP was different from that with much higher dose. THMFP, HAAFP, and aldehyde concentration were reduced by subsequent treatment with granular activated carbon (GAG) or biological activated carbon (BAG). Nitrite was produced by VUV treatment but disappeared after subsequent BAG treatment. These results suggest that VUV treatment should be combined with GAG or BAG treatment to suppress by-product formation. (C) 2014 The Institution of Chemical Engineers. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
  • Masaoki Kimura, Yoshihiko Matsui, Shun Saito, Tomoya Takahashi, Midori Nakagawa, Nobutaka Shirasaki, Taku Matsushita
    JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE 477 115 - 122 0376-7388 2015/03 [Refereed][Not invited]
    The extent of hydraulically irreversible membrane fouling in a coagulation-filtration system depends on several factors, including properties of the coagulant. Effects of polyaluminum chloride (PACI) coagulant properties, specifically basicity and sulfation, were investigated by conducting long-term direct filtration experiments. Elemental analysis determined Al and Si to be the major foulants, though the Si/Al ratios of the foulants differed from those of coagulated floc particles. While floc particle size depended on the concentrations of sulfate ions and polymeric species in the PACIs, floc-size changes did not affect transmembrane pressure (TMP) buildup and thus did not affect irreversible fouling. Differences in PACI basicity, which affected the distribution of aluminum species, resulted in changes to the degree of irreversible fouling. Pretreatment with high-basicity (71%) PACI was superior to pretreatment with normal-basicity (51%) PACI in reducing irreversible fouling and attenuating TMP buildup during filtration. Higher basicities resulted in less Al breakthrough and a decrease in the Si/Al ratio of the foulants. However, IMP buildup was the same for PACIs with basicities of 71% and 90%; therefore, TMP buildup is not simply related to Al breakthrough and deposition. Increasing the basicity of PACIs would be an effective way to reduce the amount of foulant deposited on the membrane by decreasing the amount of aluminum that passes through the membrane. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved,
  • Miki Sakuma, Taku Matsushita, Yoshihiko Matsui, Tomoko Aki, Masahito Isaka, Nobutaka Shirasaki
    WATER RESEARCH 68 839 - 848 0043-1354 2015/01 [Refereed][Not invited]
    This study investigated the mechanism by which activated carbon removes trichloramine, a byproduct of water treatment that has a strongly offensive chlorinous odor. A stoichiometrical mass balance for 15N before and after activated carbon treatment of laboratory-prepared N-15-labeled trichloramine solutions clearly revealed that the mechanism of trichloramine removal with activated carbon was not adsorption but rather reductive decomposition to nitrogen gas. There was a weak positive correlation between the surface decomposition rate constant of trichloramine and the concentration of basic functional groups on the surface of the carbon particles, the suggestion being that the trichloramine may have been reduced by sulfhydryl groups (SH) on the activated carbon surface. Efficient decomposition of trichloramine was achieved with super powdered activated carbon (SPAC), which was prepared by pulverization of commercially available PAC into very fine particles less than 1 mu m in diameter. SPAC could decompose trichloramine selectively, even when trichloramine and free chlorine were present simultaneously in water, the indication being that the strong disinfection capability of residual free chlorine could be retained even after trichloramine was effectively decomposed. The residual ratio of trichloramine after carbon contact increased somewhat at low water temperatures of 1-5 degrees C. At these low temperatures, biological treatment, the traditional method for control of a major trichloramine precursor (ammonium nitrogen), is inefficient. Even at these low temperatures, SPAC could reduce the trichloramine concentration to an acceptable level. A theoretical analysis with a diffusion-reaction model developed in the present study revealed that the increase in the trichloramine residual with decreasing water temperature was attributable to the temperature dependence of the rate of the reductive reaction rather than to the temperature dependence of the diffusive mass transfer rate. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Mariya Ikari, Yoshihiko Matsui, Yuta Suzuki, Taku Matsushita, Nobutaka Shirasaki
    WATER RESEARCH 68 227 - 237 0043-1354 2015/01 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Chlorine oxidation followed by treatment with activated carbon was studied as a possible method for removing radioactive iodine from water. Chlorination time, chlorine dose, the presence of natural organic matter (NOM), the presence of bromide ion (Br-), and carbon particle size strongly affected iodine removal. Treatment with superfine powdered activated carbon (SPAC) after 10-min oxidation with chlorine (1 mg-Cl-2/L) removed 90% of the iodine in NOM-containing water (dissolved organic carbon concentration, 1.5 mg-C/L). Iodine removal in NOM-containing water increased with increasing chlorine dose up to >0.1 mg-Cl-2/L but decreased at chlorine doses of >1.0 mg-Cl-2/L. At a low chlorine dose, nonadsorbable iodide ion (I-) was oxidized to adsorbable hypoiodous acid (HOI). When the chlorine dose was increased, some of the HOI reacted with NOM to form adsorbable organic iodine (organic-I). Increasing the chlorine dose further did not enhance iodine removal, owing to the formation of nonadsorbable iodate ion (IO3-). Co-existing Br- depressed iodine removal, particularly in NOM-free water, because hypobromous acid (HOBr) formed and catalyzed the oxidation of HOI to However, the effect of Br- was small in the NOM-containing water because organic-I formed instead of SPAC (median particle diameter, 0.62 gm) had a higher equilibrium adsorption capacity for organic-I than did conventional PAC (median diameter, 18.9 mu m), but the capacities of PAC and SPAC for HOI were similar. The reason for the higher equilibrium adsorption capacity for organic-I was that organic-I was adsorbed principally on the exterior of the PAC particles and not inside the PAC particles, as indicated by direct visualization of the solid-phase iodine concentration profiles in PAC particles by field emission electron probe microanalysis. In contrast, HOI was adsorbed evenly throughout the entire PAC particle. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Yoshihiko Matsui, Asuka Sakamoto, Soichi Nakao, Takuma Taniguchi, Taku Matsushita, Nobutaka Shirasaki, Naoya Sakamoto, Hisayoshi Yurimoto
    Environmental science & technology 48 (18) 10897 - 903 0013-936X 2014/09/16 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Decreasing the particle size of powdered activated carbon may enhance its equilibrium adsorption capacity for small molecules and micropollutants, such as 2-methylisoborneol (MIB) and geosmin, as well as for macromolecules and natural organic matter. Shell adsorption, in which adsorbates do not completely penetrate the adsorbent but instead preferentially adsorb near the outer surface of the adsorbent, may explain this enhancement in equilibrium adsorption capacity. Here, we used isotope microscopy and deuterium-doped MIB and geosmin to directly visualize the solid-phase adsorbate concentration profiles of MIB and geosmin in carbon particles. The deuterium/hydrogen ratio, which we used as an index of the solid-phase concentration of MIB and geosmin, was higher in the shell region than in the inner region of carbon particles. Solid-phase concentrations of MIB and geosmin obtained from the deuterium/hydrogen ratio roughly agreed with those predicted by shell adsorption model analyses of isotherm data. The direct visualization of the localization of micropollutant adsorbates in activated carbon particles provided direct evidence of shell adsorption.
  • Takashi KONDO, Saori MIHO, Miho SAITO, Takashi KAMEYA, Koichi FUJIE, Taku MATSUSHITA, Hirokazu TAKANASHI
    Journal of Water and Technology 12 (2) 123 - 133 2014/04 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Hirokazu TAKANASHI, Tomohiro HAMA, Tsunenori NAKAJIMA, Akira OHKI, Takashi KONDO, Takashi KAMEYA, Taku MATSUSHITA
    Journal of Water and Environment Technology 12 (1) 25 - 32 2014/02 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Kentaro Narita, Yoshihiko Matsui, Kensuke Iwao, Motoyuki Kamata, Taku Matsushita, Nobutaka Shirasaki
    ENVIRONMENT INTERNATIONAL 63 114 - 120 0160-4120 2014/02 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Pesticides released into the environment may pose both ecological and human health risks. Governments set the regulations and guidelines for the allowable levels of active components of pesticides in various exposure sources, including drinking water. Several pesticide risk indicators have been developed using various methodologies, but such indicators are seldom used for the selection of pesticides to be included in national regulations and guidelines. The aim of the current study was to use risk indicators for the selection of pesticides to be included in regulations and guidelines. Twenty-four risk indicators were created, and a detection rate was defined to judge which indicators were the best for selection. The combination of two indicators (local sales of a pesticide for the purposes of either rice farming or other farming, divided by the guideline value and annual precipitation, and amended with the scores from the physical and chemical properties of the pesticide) gave the highest detection rates. In this case study, this procedure was used to evaluate 134 pesticides that are currently unregulated in the Japanese Drinking Water Quality Guidelines, from which 44 were selected as pesticides to be added to the primary group in the guidelines. The detection probability of the 44 pesticides was more than 72%. Among the 102 pesticides currently in the primary group, 17 were selected for withdrawal from the group. (C) 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Taku Matsushita, Nobutaka Shirasaki, Yuichi Tatsuki, Yoshihiko Matsui
    WATER RESEARCH 47 (15) 5819 - 5827 0043-1354 2013/10 [Refereed][Not invited]
    The removal of microorganisms by drinking water treatment processes has been widely investigated in laboratory-scale experiments using artificially propagated microorganisms. However, this approach cannot be applied to norovirus removal, because this virus does not grow in cell or organ culture, and this fact has hampered our ability to investigate its behavior during drinking water treatment. To overcome this difficulty, our research group previously used recombinant norovirus virus-like particles (rNV-VLPs), which consist of an artificially expressed norovirus capsid protein, in laboratory-scale drinking water treatment experiments. However, the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method generally used to detect rNV-VLPs is not sensitive enough to evaluate high removal ratios such as those obtained by ultrafiltration (UF). We therefore developed and applied a real-time immuno-polymerase chain reaction (iPCR) assay for rNV-VLP quantification to investigate norovirus removal by microfiltration (MF), UF, and hybrid precoagulation-MF processes. The rNV-VLP detection limit with the developed iPCR assay was improved at least 1000-fold compared with ELISA. Whereas MF with a nominal pore size of 0.1 gm could not eliminate NV-VLPs, a 4-log reduction was achieved by UF with a molecular weight cutoff of 1 kDa. When MF was combined with precoagulation (>= 10 mu mol-Fe/L for ferric chloride; >= 20 mu mol-Al/L for polyaluminum chloride; >= 40 mu mol-Al/L for alum), the performance of the hybrid process in eliminating rNV-VLPs was greater than that achieved by the 1 kDa UF. For all processes, the removal ratios of the bacteriophages MS2 and Q beta were greater than the rNV-VLP removal ratios by 1-2 logs, so neither bacteriophage can be recommended as a possible conservative surrogate for predicting the behavior of native NV during these processes. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Shun Niizuma, Yoshihiko Matsui, Koichi Ohno, Sadahiko Itoh, Taku Matsushita, Nobutaka Shirasaki
    REGULATORY TOXICOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY 67 (1) 98 - 107 0273-2300 2013/10 [Refereed][Not invited]
    Drinking water quality standard (DWQS) criteria for chemicals for which there is a threshold for toxicity are derived by allocating a fraction of tolerable daily intake (TDI) to exposure from drinking water. We conducted physiologically based pharmacokinetic model simulations for chloroform and have proposed an equation for total oral-equivalent potential intake via three routes (oral ingestion, inhalation, and dermal exposures), the biologically effective doses of which were converted to oral-equivalent potential intakes. The probability distributions of total oral-equivalent potential intake in Japanese people were estimated by Monte Carlo simulations. Even when the chloroform concentration in drinking water equaled the current DWQS criterion, there was sufficient margin between the intake and the TDI: the probability that the intake exceeded TDI was below 0.1%. If a criterion that the 95th percentile estimate equals the TDI is regarded as both providing protection to highly exposed persons and leaving a reasonable margin of exposure relative to the TDI, then the chloroform drinking water criterion could be a concentration of 0.11 mg/L. This implies a daily intake equal to 34% of the TDI allocated to the oral intake (2 L/d) of drinking water for typical adults. For the highly exposed persons, inhalation exposure via evaporation from water contributed 53% of the total intake, whereas dermal absorption contributed only 3%. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
  • Yoshihiko Matsui, Soichi Nakao, Takuma Taniguchi, Taku Matsushita
    WATER RESEARCH 47 (8) 2873 - 2880 0043-1354 2013/05 [Refereed][Not invited]
    2-Methylisoborneol (MIB) and geosmin are naturally occurring compounds responsible for musty-earthy taste and odor in public drinking-water supplies, a severe problem faced by many utilities throughout the world. In this study, we investigated adsorptive removal of these compounds by superfine powdered activation carbon (SPAC, particle size <1 mu m) produced by novel micro-grinding of powdered activated carbon; we also discuss the optimization of carbon particle size to efficiently enhance the adsorptive removal. After grinding, the absorptive capacity remained unchanged for a 2007 carbon sample and was increased for a 2010 carbon sample; the capacity increase was quantitatively described by the shell adsorption model, in which MIB and geosmin adsorbed more in the exterior of a carbon particle than in the center. The extremely high uptake rates of MIB and geosmin by SPAC were simulated well by a combination of the branched-pore kinetic model and the shell adsorption model, in which intraparticle diffusion through macropores was followed by diffusion from macropore to micropore. Simulations suggested that D-40 was on the whole the best characteristic diameter to represent a size-disperse group of adsorbent particles; D-40 is the diameter through which 40% of the particles by volume pass. Therefore, D-40 can be used as an index for evaluating the improvement of adsorptive removal that resulted from pulverization. The dose required for a certain percentage removal of MIB or geosmin decreased linearly with carbon particle size (D-40), but the dose reduction became less effective as the activated carbon was ground down to smaller sizes around a critical value of D-40. For a 60-min contact time, critical D-40 was 2-2.5 mu m for MIB and 0.4-0.5 mu m for geosmin. The smaller critical D40 was when the shorter the carbon-water contact time was or the slower the intraparticle mass transfer rate of an adsorbate was. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Kimura Masaoki, Matsui Yoshihiko, Kondo Kenta, Ishikawa Tairyo B, Matsushita Taku, Shirasaki Nobutaka
    WATER RESEARCH 47 (6) 2075 - 2084 0043-1354 2013/04/15 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Matsushita Taku, Suzuki Hideaki, Shirasaki Nobutaka, Matsui Yoshihiko, Ohno Koichi
    SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY 107 79 - 84 1383-5866 2013/04/02 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • TAKANASHI Hirokazu, HAMASAKI Kenta, KATO Yusuke, NAKAJIMA Tsunenori, OHKI Akira, KONDO Takashi, KAMEYA Takashi, MATSUSHITA Taku
    Journal of Japan Society on Water Environment 公益社団法人 日本水環境学会 36 (2) 29-38  0916-8958 2013/02 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Matsui, Y, Nakao, S, Yoshida, T, Taniguchi, T, Matsushita, T
    Separation and Purification Technology 113 75 - 82 2013 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Hirokazu Takanashi, Misako Kishida, Kazuya Abiru, Takashi Kondo, Takashi Kameya, Taku Matsushita, Tsunenori Nakajima, Akira Ohki
    JOURNAL OF WATER SUPPLY RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY-AQUA 62 (1) 14 - 22 0003-7214 2013 [Refereed][Not invited]
    The mutagenicity and the mutagen formation potential (MFP) of seven fungicides, 15 herbicides and 22 insecticides upon chlorination were measured with the Ames Salmonella assay. All the pesticides except for thiram and dichlorvos were non-mutagenic. However, 75% of the tested pesticides showed significant MFP. This indicated that the chlorination by-products of some pesticides are mutagenic, although the pesticides themselves are not. No significant mutagenicity or MFP was observed for 20% of the pesticides tested in the present study. Thiram and dichlorvos, representing 5% of the tested pesticides, had significant mutagenicity and MFP. The average MFP of asulam, which had the highest MFP in this study, was 860 times greater than the average MFP of propyzamide, which had the lowest MFP (below the detection limit). In addition, the chemical structures of pesticides which had significant MFPs were compared to each other in order to see if there are common characteristics among them, but we could not predict whether pesticides are capable of forming mutagens from their chemical structures, use types or mode of actions. MFP measurements are indispensable in order to know whether pesticides are capable of forming mutagens.
  • Simultaneous Analytical Method for both Pesticides and Pesticide Transformation Products in Water Environment (PTPW) using GC-MS and LC-MS/MS
    Takashi KONDO, Miho SAITO, Takashi KAMEYA, Koichi FUJIE, Taku MATSUSHITA, Hirokazu TAKANASHI
    Journal of Water and Environment Technology 10 (4) 409-417  2012/12 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Yoshihiko Matsui, Tomoaki Yoshida, Soichi Nakao, Detlef R. U. Knappe, Taku Matsushita
    WATER RESEARCH 46 (15) 4741 - 4749 0043-1354 2012/10 [Refereed][Not invited]
    When treating water with activated carbon, natural organic matter (NOM) is not only a target for adsorptive removal but also an inhibitory substance that reduces the removal efficiency of trace compounds, such as 2-methylisoborneol (MIB), through adsorption competition. Recently, superfine (submicron-sized) activated carbon (SPAC) was developed by wet-milling commercially available powdered activated carbon (PAC) to a smaller particle size. It was reported that SPAC has a larger NOM adsorption capacity than PAC because NOM mainly adsorbs close to the external adsorbent particle surface (shell adsorption mechanism). Thus, SPAC with its larger specific external surface area can adsorb more NOM than PAC. The effect of higher NOM uptake on the adsorptive removal of MIB has, however, not been investigated. Results of this study show that adsorption competition between NOM and MIB did not increase when NOM uptake increased due to carbon size reduction; i.e., the increased NOM uptake by SPAC did not result in a decrease in MIB adsorption capacity beyond that obtained as a result of NOM adsorption by PAC. A simple estimation method for determining the adsorbed amount of competing NOM (NOM that reduces MIB adsorption) is presented based on the simplified equivalent background compound (EBC) method. Furthermore, the mechanism of adsorption competition is discussed based on results obtained with the simplified EBC method and the shell adsorption mechanism. Competing NOM, which likely comprises a small portion of NOM, adsorbs in internal pores of activated carbon particles as MIB does, thereby reducing the MIB adsorption capacity to a similar extent regardless of adsorbent particle size. SPAC application can be advantageous because enhanced NOM removal does not translate into less effective removal of MIB. Molecular size distribution data of NOM suggest that the competing NOM has a molecular weight similar to that of the target compound. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Hirokazu TAKANASHI, Kazuya ABIRU, Hanako TANAKA, Misako KISHIDA, Tsunenori NAKAJIMA, Akira OHKI, Takashi KONDO, Takashi KAMEYA, Taku MATSUSHITA
    Journal of Water and Environment Technology 10 (4) 437 - 447 2012 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • Takashi KAMEYA, Miho SAITO, Takashi KONDO, Wataru Toriumi, Koichi FUJIE, Taku MATSUSHITA, Hirokazu TAKANASHI
    Journal of Water and Environment Technology 10 (4) 427 - 436 2012 [Refereed][Not invited]
  • 白崎伸隆, 松下拓, 松井佳彦, 大芝淳
    土木学会論文集G(環境) 68 (7) III_41 - III_50 2012 [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • Tani, K, Matsui, Y, Iwao, K, Kamata, M, Matsushita, T
    Water Research 46 (3) 741 - 749 0043-1354 2011 [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • Koichi Ohno, Yoshihiko Matsui, Masaki Itoh, Yoshifumi Oguchi, Takuya, Kondo, Yosuke Konno, Taku Matsushita, Yasumoto Magara
    Desalination 254 (1-3) 17 - 22 0011-9164 2010 [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • Yoshihiko Matsui, Hiroki Hasegawa, Koich Ohno, Taku Matsushita, Satoru Mima, Yuji Kawase, Takako Aizawa
    WATER RESEARCH 43 (20) 5160 - 5170 0043-1354 2009/12 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    As a pretreatment for membrane microfiltration (MF), the use of powdered activated carbon (PAC) with a particle size much smaller than that of conventional PAC (super-powdered PAC, or S-PAC) has been proposed to enhance the removal of dissolved substances. In this paper, another advantage of S-PAC as a pretreatment for MF is described: the use of S-PAC attenuates trans-membrane pressure increases during the filtration operation. The floc particles that formed during coagulation preceded by S-PAC pretreatment were larger and more porous than the floc particles formed during coagulation preceded by PAC pretreatment and those formed during coagulation without pretreatment. This result was due to increased particle-particle collision frequency and better removal of natural organic matter, which inhibits coagulation by consuming coagulant, before the coagulation reaction. The caked fouling layer that built up on the membrane surface was thus more permeable with S-PAC than with normal PAC. Both physically reversible and irreversible membrane foulings were reduced, and more stable filtration was accomplished with S-PAC pretreatment. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Yoshihiko Matsui, Naoya Ando, Hiroshi Sasaki, Taku Matsushita, Koichi Ohno
    WATER RESEARCH 43 (12) 3095 - 3103 0043-1354 2009/07 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Super-powdered activated carbon (S-PAC) is activated carbon of much finer particle size than powdered activated carbon (PAC). Geosmin is a naturally occurring taste and odor compound that impairs aesthetic quality in drinking water. Experiments on geosmin adsorption on S-PAC and PAC were conducted, and the results using adsorption kinetic models were analyzed. PAC pulverization, which produced the S-PAC, did not change geosmin adsorption capacity, and geosmin adsorption capacities did not differ between SPAC and PAC. Geosmin adsorption kinetics, however, were much higher oil S-PAC than on PAC. A solution to the branched pore kinetic model (BPKM) was developed, and experimental adsorption kinetic data were analyzed by BPKM and by a homogeneous surface diffusion model (HSDM). The HSDM describing the adsorption behavior of geosmin required different surface diffusivity values for S-PAC and PAC, which indicated a decrease in surface diffusivity apparently associated with activated carbon particle size. The BPKM, consisting of macropore diffusion followed by mass transfer from macropore to micropore, successfully described the batch adsorption kinetics on S-PAC and PAC with the same set of model parameter values, including surface diffusivity. The BPKM simulation clearly showed geosmin removal was improved as activated carbon particle size decreased. The simulation also implied that the rate-determining step in overall mass transfer shifted from intraparticle radial diffusion in macropores to local mass transfer from macropore to micropore. Sensitivity analysis showed that adsorptive removal of geosmin improved with decrease in activated carbon particle size down to I pm, but further particle size reduction produced little improvement. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • N. Shirasaki, T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, T. Urasaki, K. Ohno
    WATER RESEARCH 43 (3) 605 - 612 0043-1354 2009/02 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Differences in the behaviors of two surrogates for pathogenic waterborne viruses, F-specific RNA bacteriophages Q beta and MS2, were investigated during the coagulation process by using river water spiked with these bacteriophages. The particle size and electrophoretic mobility of Q beta and MS2 were similar, but the removal performances of infectious Q beta and MS2, as measured by a plaque forming unit (PFU) method, differed markedly during the coagulation process. The. removal ratio of the infectious Q beta concentration was approximately 2 log higher than that of the infectious MS2 concentration at all coagulant doses tested. The total Q beta and MS2 bacteriophage concentrations, which were measured by a real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) method and represented the total number of bacteriophages regardless of their infectivity, were similar after the coagulation process, suggesting that the behaviors of Q beta and MS2 as particles were similar during the coagulation process. The difference between total concentration and infectious concentration indicated that some of the bacteriophages were probably inactivated during the coagulation process. This differ Price was larger for Q beta than MS2, meaning that Q beta was more sensitive to the virucidal activity of the aluminum coagulant. Analysis of the PFU and real-time RT-PCR findings together suggested that the difference in removal performances of Q beta and MS2 during the coagulation process was probably caused by differences not in the extent of bacteriophage entrapment in the aluminum floc particles but in the sensitivity to virucidal activity of the aluminum coagulant. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Ohno, K, Kadota, E, Matsui, Y, Kondo, Y, Matsushita, T, Magara, Y
    Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology?AQUA 58 (7) 476 - 487 0003-7214 2009 [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • K. Ohno, Y. Matsuo, T. Kimura, T. Yanase, M. H. Rahman, Y. Magara, T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui
    WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 59 (2) 195 - 201 0273-1223 2009 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    The effect of rice-cooking water to the daily arsenic intake of Bangladeshi people was investigated. At the first field survey, uncooked rice and cooked rice of 29 families were collected. Their arsenic concentrations were 0.22 +/- 0.11 and 0.26 +/- 0.15 mg/kg dry wt, respectively. In 15 families, arsenic concentration in rice increased after cooking. Good correlation (R(2) = 0.89) was observed between arsenic in rice-cooking water and the difference of arsenic concentration in rice by cooking. In the second survey, we collected one-day duplicated food of 18 families. As a result, we estimated that six of 18 families likely used the arsenic contaminated water for cooking rice even they drank less arsenic-contaminated water for drinking purpose. We also conducted rice-cooking experiments in the laboratory, changing arsenic concentration in rice-cooking water. Clear linear relationships were obtained between the arsenic in rice-cooking water and the difference of arsenic concentration in rice by cooking. Factors that affect arsenic concentration in cooked rice are suggested as follows: (1) arsenic concentration in uncooked rice, (2) that in rice-cooking water, (3) difference in water content of rice before and after cooking, and (4) types of rice, especially, the difference between parboiled and non-parboiled rice.
  • N. Shirasaki, I. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, M. Kobuke, K. Ohno
    JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE 326 (2) 564 - 571 0376-7388 2009/01 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    The removal performance of two surrogates for pathogenic waterborne viruses, F-specific RNA bacteriophages Q beta and MS2, was evaluated during the coagulation-ceramic microfiltration process. River water spiked with these bacteriophages was used to investigate differences in their behaviors. Infectious and total (infectious + inactivated) bacteriophage concentrations were measured by plaque forming unit and real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction methods, respectively. Removal of infectious Q beta and MS2 was similar under each coagulation condition. Approximately 6-log reduction was achieved for both bacteriophages at 1.08 mg-Al/L of coagulant dose and 5-min coagulation time. At least 4-log reduction occurred even when coagulant dose and coagulation time were reduced to 0.54 mg-Al/L and 1.8 s, respectively. In contrast, removal of total Q beta and MS2 differed markedly. Removal of total MS2 was approximately 2-log larger than that of total Q beta, possibly owing to selective interaction with the cake layer, although the particle diameters and electrophoretic mobilities of Q beta and MS2 were similar. The total number of bacteriophages retained in the microfiltration compartment after 4-h filtration was similar for Q beta and MS2, but there were approximately 3 log fewer infectious Q beta than infectious MS2, probably owing to the difference in sensitivity to the virucidal activity of aluminum coagulant. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
  • Yoshihiko Matsui, Kenji Murai, Hiroshi Sasaki, Koichi Ohno, Taku Matsushita
    JOURNAL OF WATER SUPPLY RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY-AQUA 57 (8) 577 - 583 0003-7214 2008/12 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Submicron-sized powdered activated carbon (PAC) was produced from a commercially available normal PAC by a bead mill. The submicron PAC decomposed dichloramine and nitrogen trichloride, impairing aesthetic quality with chlorinous odor, at a much faster rate than did normal PAC. Moreover, decomposition rates were faster for dichloramine and nitrogen trichloride than for monochloramine and free chlorine. Selective removal of chlorinous odors among chlorine compounds in a short time was thereby possible. The earthy-musty compound geosmin was also much more rapidly removed by adsorption on submicron PAC than on normal PAC. The increased removal rate was partly due to the adsorption capacity increase owing to the particle size reduction of PAC to submicron range, which accounted for 40% of the improvement of geosmin removal at a PAC contact time of 10 min.
  • Yoshihiko Matsui, Takahiro Ozu, Takanobu Inoue, Taku Matsushita
    DESALINATION 226 (1-3) 215 - 221 0011-9164 2008/06 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    The release of pharmaceuticals into the aquatic environment and their occurrence in surface waters has become an increasing concern in recent years. In this study we investigated the occurrence of oxytetracycline (OTC), one of the most widely used veterinary antibiotics, in stream waters in a small catchment area with many livestock farms. OTC was detected in the concentration range of 2 ng/L to 68 mu g/L. Increasing trends in OTC concentrations and daily loads during winter were observed, which correspond to the common veterinary practice of using higher dosages of antibiotics as prophylaxis against disease in winter. High concentrations of OTC in stream water were observed in the vicinity of a livestock farm. There, the daily OTC load rate was in a reasonable range when the number of animals, the additive rate of antibiotics to fodder, and the OTC removal efficiency in activated sludge processes were estimated.
  • T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, S. Taniwaki, K. Ikeba
    WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 58 (3) 741 - 747 0273-1223 2008 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    In the present study, our objectives were (1) using the Ames assay, to evaluate the change in mutagenicity of a fenitrothion-containing solution during aerobic biodegradation, anaerobic biodegradation, and photodegradation, and (2) to identify possible mutagenic transformed products (TPs) that contributed substantially to any increase in mutagenicity. Mutagenicity of the fenitrothion-containing solution did not increase during aerobic biodegradation with any of the tested bacterial strains. In contrast, the mutagenicity increased for strain YG1029 during anaerobic biodegradation because of the generation of a strongly mutagenic TP, aminofenitrothion. During photodegradation, mutagenicities increased slightly for YG1021 and YG1024, possibly owing to the production of a previously unreported mutagenic TIP.
  • Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology–AQUA 1  2008 [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, D. Sawaoka, K. Ohno
    JOURNAL OF WATER SUPPLY RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY-AQUA 57 (7) 481 - 487 0003-7214 2008 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Engineers in drinking water treatment plants which employ activated carbon adsorption followed by microfiltration (MF) often ask why the removal ratio of compounds causing musty odors in real plants is smaller than that achieved in laboratory experiments. We investigated whether this difference in removal ratios was due to the release of intracellular geosmin under high pressure from cyanobacteria coexisting on the filter membrane surface. We conducted batch pressurization tests with a cyanobacterium-containing solution, laboratory-scale MF experiments, and pilot-scale experiments designed to remove both the geosmin and cyanobacteria in a hybrid system which used powdered activated carbon adsorption, coagulation, and ceramic microfiltration. Release of intracellular geosmin from cyanobacteria accumulated on the membrane surface was observed in both the laboratory-scale MF experiments and the pilot-scale experiments, but not in the batch pressurization tests. Geosmin was still observed in the MF permeate when the hybrid system was operated with commercially available powdered activated carbon (PAC), and its concentration increased with filtration time owing to the continued release of geosmin. In contrast, operation of the hybrid system with micro-ground PAC completely removed the geosmin.
  • Yoshihiko Matsui, Takayuki Yamagishi, Yoshihiro Terada, Taku Matsushita, Takanobu Inoue
    JOURNAL OF WATER SUPPLY RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY-AQUA 56 (1) 13 - 24 0003-7214 2007/02 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Although advances in water treatment technology have contributed to improved water quality at water treatment plants, treated water is not reaching consumer taps with the same quality. Water quality in service pipes is lower than at the water treatment plants, most likely because rust corrosion particles are generated inside the pipes, accumulated sediments become resuspended or other reasons. in this study, particles suspended in treated water flowing through water mains of various service areas were collected, and their quantity and elemental compositions were analyzed to investigate changes in suspended solid (SS) characteristics over distance and time. in addition to longitudinal changes along water mains, cross-sectional SS changes were investigated by developing a method of directly collecting SS particles flowing through a water main at different vertical locations. SS concentrations and the percentages of inorganics and iron in SS increased as water traveled toward the dead end of a main. Vertical differences of SS in the main cross section were also observed: SS concentrations in the upper part were higher than those in the middle and lower parts. The higher percentages of inorganics and iron in the upper part suggested that scaling in the upper part of the main, which had a stagnant area, caused iron particles to be released into the stream. Temporal variations in SS concentrations were observed for water flowing through the middle and lower parts of the main cross section. SS concentrations increased with increased flow rates, indicating resuspension of sediment at the bottoms of the mains. Overall, SS concentrations, their temporal variations, their cross-sectional changes and the elemental compositions of SS in water were different in various water service areas, and these characteristics could be useful in determining the origin of SS particles in drinking water.
  • Y. Matsui, K. Narita, T. Inoue, T. Matsushita
    WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 56 (1) 71 - 80 0273-1223 2007 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Verification of a diffuse pollution model involves comparing results actually observed with those predicted by precise model inputs. Acquisition of precise model inputs is, however, problematic. In particular, when the target catchment is large and substantial estimation uncertainty exists, not only model verification but also prediction is difficult. Therefore, in this study, rice-farming data were collected for all paddy fields from all farmers in a catchment and pesticide adsorption and degradation rates in paddy field soil samples were measured to obtain precise model inputs. The model inputs successfully verified the model's capability to predict pesticide concentrations in river water. Sensitivity analyses of the model inputs elucidated the processes significantly affecting pesticide runoff from rice farms. Pesticide adsorption and degradation rates of the soil did not significantly affect pesticide concentrations, although pesticide discharge to river water accounted for less than 50% of the total quantity of pesticide applied to fields, possibly owing to pesticide adsorption and degradation. The timing of increases in pesticide concentrations in river water was affected mostly by the farming schedule, including the time of pesticide application and irrigation, and secondarily by rainfall events.
  • Taku Matsushita, Pierre Le-Clech, Vicki Chen, S. R. Wickramasinghe
    DESALINATION 199 (1-3) 105 - 107 0011-9164 2006/11 [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • Investigating rice-farming pesticide concentrations in river water using abasin-scale runoff model with uncertain inputs
    Y. Matsui, K. Narita, T. Inoue, T. Matsushita
    TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASABE 49 (6) 1723 - 1735 0001-2351 2006/11 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    In predicting time-series concentrations of pesticides in river water using diffuse pollution hydrological models, farming schedules (including pesticide application) and pesticide sorption/decomposition rates greatly affect prediction accuracy. For large, basin-scale catchments, precise acquisition of these data is not possible and substantial estimation uncertainty inevitably exists. This article presents the development of a basin-scale diffuse pollution hydrological model, a Monte Carlo method for creating input data, and its effectiveness in predicting the concentrations of paddy-fanning pesticides in river water from a large catchment (1882 km(2)). The Monte Carlo method created input data for numerous compartments of a paddy field in the basin model: the pesticide products, amounts and dates of pesticide application, rice varieties, rice seedling transplanting dates, time variation of water depth in rice paddies, and parameter values for pesticide decomposition and sorption. The model was calibrated with hydrological data only, without reference to observed pesticide concentration data. Results showed that the uncertainty bounds estimated for model outputs with Monte Carlo inputs encompassed observed data and that the model predictions were better with Monte Carlo inputs than with deterministic input. The Monte Carlo method provides a surrogate approach for obtaining precise data on individual farming schedules (including pesticide application dates), degradation rates, and sorption coefficients in each soil.
  • Taku Matsushita, Yoshihiko Matsui, Yusuke Matsui
    CHEMOSPHERE 64 (1) 144 - 151 0045-6535 2006/06 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    We aimed to: (1) evaluate the change in mutagenicity of a fenitrothion-containing solution during photolysis and (2) elucidate mutagenic compounds that were possible major contributors to mutagenicity. A batch test involving irradiation by natural sunlight was conducted on the solution, and then HPLC fractionation, mutagenicity testing, and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis were performed on the irradiated solution. During the 15-day photolysis, fenitrothion was almost completely decomposed, and 34 transformed products (TPs) were generated. Photolysis decreased the mutagenicity of the fenitrothion-containing solution for base-pair-substitution-detecting tester strains (YG1026 and YG1029) but increased mutagenicity for frameshift-detecting tester strains (YG1021 and YG1024). One TP was identified as a potential source of the increased mutagenicity; its molecular formula was estimated to be (CH3O)(2)PS-O-C8H6NO. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Y. Matsui, K. Narita, T. Inoue, T. Matsushita
    WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 53 (10) 173 - 181 0273-1223 2006 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    To predict rice-farming pesticide concentrations in river water with imprecise model inputs for screening-level analysis, a basin-scale runoff model was developed. The Monte Carlo method was applied to create estimates of input data regarding agricultural work schedules and parameters for pesticide decomposition and sorption in solids and water. The prediction accuracy of the model was evaluated when used with non-optimised pesticide parameters; the model was calibrated using hydrological data alone without reference to observed pesticide concentration data. Overall, predictions for the pesticide concentrations were successful within order-of-magnitude accuracy. The pesticide rankings according to the predicted concentration roughly agreed with those observed. The success of screening-level analysis indicates that the model prediction can help in selection of pesticides to be monitored and in determining the monitoring schedule for the river basin.
  • T Matsushita, Y Matsui, N Shirasaki
    WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 53 (7) 199 - 207 0273-1223 2006 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Virus removal experiments using river water spiked with bacteriophages were conducted by an inline coagulation-ceramic microfiltration hybrid system to investigate the effects of filtration flux (62.5 and 125 L/(m(2) x h)) and type of virus (Q beta and MS2) on virus removal. In addition, the mass balance of viruses through the hybrid system was analysed by quantifying the infectious and inactive viruses by a combination of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method and the plaque forming units (PFU) method. Even when the system was operated at high filtration flux (125 L/(m(2) x h)), high virus removal (> 6 log) with short coagulation time (2.4 s) was successfully achieved by dosing polyaluminium chloride (PACl) at more than 1.08 mg(.)Al/L. Removal performances were different between Q beta and MS2, although their diameters are almost the same: greater virus removal was achieved for MS2 at PACI dosing of 0.54 mg(.)Al/L, and for Q beta at PACI dosing of more than 1.08 mg(.)Al/L. The combination of the PCR and PFU methods revealed that two phenomena, adsorption to/entrapment in aluminium floc and virucidal activity of PACl, partially account for the high virus removal in the coagulation-MF hybrid system.
  • Y. Matsui, T. Sanogawa, N. Aoki, S. Mima, T. Matsushita
    PARTICLE SEPARATION 2005 - DRINKING WATER TREATMENT 6 (1) 149 - 155 1606-9749 2006 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Submicron powdered activated carbon (PAC) rapidly adsorbed natural organic matter (NOM) fromwater samples: a batch test of the adsorption kinetics showed that the NOM concentration dropped substantially within 15 s and then leveled off. In a tubular flow reactor test, NOM removal after a 15 s contact time was almost the same as removal values attained at longer contact times. Laboratory-scale and bench-scale pilotplant ceramic microfiltration (MF) experiments with submicron PAC adsorption pretreatment were conducted to evaluate NOM removal and to examine the effect of the PAC on filterability. The laboratory scale IVIF experiment revealed that PAC adsorption pretreatment could be accomplished with a detention (2.4 s) that was much shorter than the time expected from the adsorption kinetics test. This result suggests that adsorption pretreatment for IVIF could be accomplished by adding the submicron PAC directly into the feed line to the membrane and that installation of a special PAC contactor before the membrane unit is unnecessary. Although micron PAC rather than submicron PAC was used unintentionally in the pilot plant experiment, these PAC showed much better NOM removal than normal PAC, and no adverse effects, such as transmembrane pressure buildup and reversible or irreversible membrane fouling, were observed. Keywords Humic substances; membrane; natural organic matter; particle size; powdered activated carbon.
  • T Matsushita, Y Matsui, R Saeki, T Inoue
    CHEMOSPHERE 61 (8) 1134 - 1141 0045-6535 2005/12 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Previous studies have revealed that the mutagenicity of fenitrothion increases during anaerobic biodegradation, suggesting that this insecticide's mutagenicity could effectively increase after it pollutes anaerobic environments such as lake sediments. To investigate possible changes to the mutagenicity of fenitrothion under aerobic conditions after it had already been increased by anaerobic biodegradation, batch incubation cultures were maintained under aerobic conditions. The mutagenicity, which had increased during anaerobic biodegradation, decreased under aerobic conditions with aerobic or facultative bacteria, but did not disappear completely in 22 days. In contrast, it did not change under aerobic conditions without bacteria or under continued anaerobic conditions. These observations suggest that the mutagenicity of anaerobically metabolized fenitrothion would not necessarily decrease after it arrives in an aerobic environment: this would depend on the presence of suitable bacteria. Therefore, fenitrothion-derived mutagenic compounds may pollute the water environment, including our drinking water sources, after accidental pollution of aerobic waters. Although amino-fenitrothion generated during anaerobic biodegradation of fenitrothion was the principal mutagen, non-trivial contributions of other, unidentified metabolites to the mutagenicity were also observed. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • T Matsushita, Y Matsui, N Shirasaki, Y Kato
    DESALINATION 178 (1-3) 21 - 26 0011-9164 2005/07 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    We studied virus removal from spiked river water by an in-line coagulation-ceramic microfiltration hybrid system to investigate the effects of (1) coagulant dose (0.54,1.08, and 1.62 mg Al/L), (2) pore size of the MF membrane (0.1, 0.5, and 1.0 mu m), and (3) coagulation time (1.1, 2.4, and 60 s). We found that (1) coagulant dose strongly affected virus removal. Whereas 7.4 log removal was achieved with 1.62 mg Al/L PACl dosing, only 2.8 log removal was observed with 0.54 mg Al/L; thus, the larger the coagulant dose, the greater the virus removal. (2) Pore size of the MF membrane also affected virus removal: pore sizes of 0.5 and 1.0 mu m showed about I log less removal than the 0.1-mu m pore-size MF membrane. (3) Coagulation time slightly affected virus removal: the longer the coagulation time, the greater the reduction in virus level, but the effect was not large. Overall, the combination of in-line coagulation prior to microfiltration enables much shorter coagulation times than in conventional treatment plants: dosing with at least 1.08 mg Al/L PACl in the hybrid system allowed the coagulation time to be only 2.4 s.
  • Enhancing adsorption-membrane hybrid system with microground activated carbon
    Water Science and Technology: Water Supply 4 (5-6) 189 - 197 2005 [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • Effect of uncertainties of agricultural working schedule and Monte-Carlo evaluation of the model input in basin-scale runoff model analysis of herbicides
    Y Matsui, T Inoue, T Matsushita, T Yamada, M Yamamoto, Y Sumigama
    WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 51 (3-4) 329 - 337 0273-1223 2005 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    In the prediction of time-series concentrations of herbicides in river water with diffuse-pollution hydrological models, farming schedules (the dates of herbicide application and drainage of irrigation water from rice paddies) greatly affect the runoff behavior of the herbicides. For large catchments, obtaining precise data on farming schedules is impractical, and so the model input inevitably includes substantial uncertainty. This paper evaluates the effectiveness of using the Monte-Carlo method to generate sets of estimated farming schedules to use as input to a GIS-based basin-scale runoff model to predict the concentrations of paddy-farming herbicides in river water. The effects of using the Monte-Carlo method to compensate for uncertainty in the evaluated parameters for herbicide decomposition and sorption were also evaluated.
  • Ceramic MF with submicron-sized activated carbon adsorption and coagulation pretreatments for rapid and effective NOM removal
    Water and Environmental Management Series (WEMS) 8 23 - 32 2005 [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • T Matsushita, Y Matsui, Y Matsui, T Inoue
    The mutagenicity of chlornitrofen (CNP)-containing solutions has been reported to increase during anaerobic biodegradation. In the present study, the fate of this increased mutagenicity under subsequent aerobic and anaerobic incubation conditions was investigated using two Salmonella tester strains, YG1024 (a frameshift-detecting strain) and YG1029 (a base-pair-substitution-detecting strain). Mutagenicity for both YG1024 and YG1029 strains increased during nine-day anaerobic biodegradation. During subsequent anaerobic incubation, the increased mutagenicity decreased gradually for YG1029 but did not change significantly for YG1024. By contrast, the increased mutagenicity decreased rapidly after the conversion to aerobic incubation for both YG1024 and YG1029 strains. The rapid decrease in mutagenicity during aerobic incubation was due to decreases, not only in an identified mutagenic metabolite (CNP-amino) but also in unidentified mutagenic metabolites.
  • Rapid adsorption pretreatment with submicrometre powdered activated carbon particles before microfiltration
    Y Matsui, R Murase, T Sanogawa, H Aoki, S Mima, T Inoue, T Matsushita
    WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 51 (6-7) 249 - 256 0273-1223 2005 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Manufacturer-supplied powdered activated carbon (PAC) was ground to produce submicrometre particles (0.8 and 0.6 m median diameter) for use as an adsorbent before microfiltration (MF) for drinking 0 water treatment. Batch tests revealed that the microground PAC adsorbed natural organic matter (NOM) much more rapidly and had a higher adsorptive capacity than ordinary PAC. The water samples pretreated with the submicrometre PAC were subjected to MF, and the results of experiments with different PAC contact times revealed that a 1 min retention time was sufficient for adsorptive removal of NOM. The use of submicrometre PAC permitted not only shorter PAC contact times but also a 75% reduction in dose.
  • Irreversible and reversible adhesion between virus particles and hydrolyzing-precipitating aluminium: a function of coagulation
    T Matsushita, Y Matsui, T Inoue
    WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 50 (12) 201 - 206 0273-1223 2004 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    The infectivity of viruses (Qbeta, MS2, T4, and P1) after dosing virus-contaminated water with 4 types of aluminium coagulant was investigated. The concentrations of infectious viruses were determined after dissolving aluminium hydroxide flocs in alkaline solution. The concentration of infectious viruses did not recover to the initial value after a short floc-dissolution time (5 s). Although the infectious virus concentration increased as the floc-dissolution time was extended to 5 h, it did not recover fully. Irreversible adhesion between virus particles and aluminium coagulant is responsible for the insufficient recovery. We interpret this phenomenon as a virucidal activity of the aluminium coagulant. All tested aluminium coagulants (PACI, alum, and reagent grade aluminium chloride and aluminium sulfate) inactivated all types of viruses tested. PACI had the highest virucidal activity. The virucidal activity of aluminium coagulants was lower in river water, presumably owing to the presence of natural organic matter.
  • Micro-ground powdered activated carbon for effective removal of natural organic matter during water treatment
    Y Matsui, R Murase, T Sanogawa, N Aoki, S Mima, T Inoue, T Matsushita
    For the purpose of enhancing the adsorption of natural organic matter (NOM) from water sources, commercially available powdered activated carbon (PAC) was further ground to produce PAC of micrometre-sized particles, and the effects of PAC size on adsorption of NOM were investigated. The micrometre-sized PAC (median particle diameter, 0.8 and 3.8 mum) removed NOM much better than did as-received PAC (33 mum). Only one-tenth the dose of micrometre-sized PAC had the same effect as a full dose of the as-received PAC. The micro-grinding of PAC to micrometre sizes was effective at increasing its adsorption kinetics: adsorption of NOM to the micrometre-sized PAC reached 80% of equilibrium within only 1 min of contact time. The micro-grinding of PAC was also effective at increasing its adsorption capacity for NOM and polystyrene sulfonate-MW1800, but not for the small molecule phenol. This appeared to be due to an increase in mesopore surface area probably by fracture of ink-bottle pore structures during the micro-grinding. The micro-grinding enhanced the adsorption affinity of PAC for NOM that was strongly UV260-absorbent but not for NOM with low UV260 absorbance.
  • Characterization of microparticles in raw, treated, and distributed waters by means of elemental and particle size analyses
    T Inoue, Y Matsui, Y Terada, K Baba, T Matsushita
    WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 50 (12) 71 - 78 0273-1223 2004 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    The elemental composition and particle size distribution of suspended particles in raw water, treated water, and distributed water were determined to understand the behavior of particles during the water treatment-distribution process. The weight of suspended particles collected on a 0.6-mum filter was 1.1 times (raw water), 1.4 times (treated water), and 1.5 times (distributed water) that collected on a 2.7-mum filter, suggesting that smaller particles may remain after conventional water treatment. Organic suspended particles were removed less efficiently than inorganic suspended particles. After sand filtration, the Al content in the fixed suspended solids (FSS) markedly increased, indicating that either a small percentage of aluminium floc passed through during sand filtration or dissolved aluminum precipitated after sand filtration. The Mn and Fe concentrations increased after chlorination. The percentages of carbon and nitrogen in the volatile suspended solids (VSS) were roughly the same in the raw, treated, and distributed waters. The carbon/nitrogen/phosphate/VSS ratios indicated that the VSS of the suspended particles consisted of organic, matter originating from microorganisms. The major constituents of the FSS in the treated and distributed waters were compounds of Fe, Al, Ca, Mg, and Mn, but these compounds accounted for only 16% or less of the FSS in raw water, indicating the existence of Si compounds. In distribution pipes, the total suspended solids concentration, especially the FSS concentration, was higher than that of water just after treatment. The Fe concentration in distributed water increased, probably due to oxidation and rusting of iron pipes.
  • Y Matsui, Y Fukuda, T Inoue, T Matsushita
    WATER RESEARCH 37 (18) 4413 - 4424 0043-1354 2003/11 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Batch adsorption experiments using powdered activated carbon (PAC) to remove trace synthetic organic chemicals (SOCs) from water containing natural organic matter (NOM) were conducted. The percentage of SOC removed at any contact time and at any PAC dose was observed to be independent of the initial SOC concentration. Equations derived from the ideal adsorbed solution theory and the pore surface diffusion model validated this observation. For the strongly adsorbing SOCs (simazine and simetryn), the percentage of SOC removed was independent only at low initial SOC concentrations. The NOM fraction competing with the weakly adsorbing SOC (asulam) constituted a larger percentage of the total NOM than that competing with the strongly adsorbing SOCs. Although the adsorptive capacities of the SOCs were greatly reduced in water containing NOM compared with those in pure water, the change in the pore diffusion coefficient was insignificant. Therefore, NOM competed with the SOCs for adsorption sites, reducing the adsorptive capacity, but the amount of NOM loading was not so severe that it blocked or filled the pores, hindering the internal diffusion of the SOCs. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Y Matsui, T Matsushita, S Sakuma, T Gojo, T Mamiya, H Suzuoki, T Inoue
    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 37 (22) 5175 - 5180 0013-936X 2003/11 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Inorganic aluminum salts, such as aluminum sulfate, are coagulants that cause small particles, such as bacteria and viruses as well as inorganic particles, to destabilize and combine into larger aggregates. In this investigation, batch coagulation treatments of water samples spiked with Qbeta, MS2, T4, and P1 viruses were conducted with four different aluminum coagulants. The total infectious virus concentration in the suspension of floc particles that eventually formed by dosing with coagulant was measured after the floc particles were dissolved by raising the pH with an alkaline beef extract solution. The virus concentrations were extremely reduced after the water samples were dosed with aluminum coagulants. Viruses mixed with and adsorbed onto preformed aluminum hydroxide floc were, however, completely recovered after the floc dissolution. These results indicated that the aluminum coagulation process inactivates viruses. Virucidal activity was most prominent with the prehydrolyzed aluminum salt coagulant, polyaluminum chloride (PACI). Virucidal activity was lower in river water than in ultrapure water-natural organic matter in the river water depressed the virucidal activity. Mechanisms and kinetics of the virus inactivation were discussed. Our results suggest that intermediate polymers formed during hydrolysis of the aluminum coagulants sorbed strongly to viruses, either rendering them inactive or preventing infectivity.
  • T Matsushita, Y Matsui, K Ikeba, T Inoue
    CHEMOSPHERE 50 (3) 275 - 282 0045-6535 2003/01 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    The contribution of fenitrothion and its microbial metabolites to the mutagenicity of a fenitrothion-containing solution was investigated during anaerobic biodegradation. Although a mixed culture of bacteria obtained from a paddy field degraded fenitrothion and reduced its concentration from 4.6 to 0. 1 mg/l in 6 days, the indirect mutagenicity of the solution in Salmonella strain YG1029 increased. This increase was found to be partially due to amino-fenitrothion generated during the biodegradation. In addition, other unidentified metabolites contributed to the mutagenicity. In contrast, the indirect mutagenicity in strain YG1042, which was initially large because of fenitrothion, then decreased, and increased again. This increase in mutagenicity was also due to amino-fenitrothion and other unidentified metabolites. The mutagenicity in strains YG1029 and YG1042 decreased after day 6. The greatest contribution of amino-fenitrothion to the mutagenicity was calculated to be 73% and 61% in YG1029 and YG1042 on day 3 of incubation, respectively. That of unidentified metabolites was calculated at 49% and 61% on day 20, respectively. Therefore, because not all the toxic metabolites of a compound can be identified, it is important to evaluate the toxicity of a whole solution in a bioassay such as the Ames assay rather than deducing the toxicity of the solution from the combined toxicities of known metabolites. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Virus removal by ceramic membrane microfiltration with coagulation pretreatment
    Y Matsui, T Matsushita, T Inoue, M Yamamoto, Y Hayashi, H Yonekawa, Y Tsutsumi
    MEMBRANES IN DRINKING AND INDUSTRIAL WATER PRODUCTION III 3 (5) 93 - 99 2003 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    The performance and mechanism of virus removal by microfiltration with coagulation pretreatment were investigated. We confirmed the unexpectedly high performance of virus removal for two types of ceramic membrane system: a positive pressure-driven dead-end filtration with inside-out configuration and a vacuum pressure-driven dead-end immersed filtration with outside-in configuration. Virus removals by both systems were more than 7 logs, although the size of the tested Obeta virus (23 nm) was much smaller than the membrane nominal pore size of 100 nm. The virus inactivation by the addition of the coagulant (PACl) and the virus adsorption onto the floc retained on the membrane surface mainly contributed the virus removal. No virus accumulation in the retentate was observed, possibly due to the virus inactivation by the coagulant.
  • T Matsushita, Y Matsui, S Taniwaki, T Inoue
    CHEMOSPHERE 47 (1) 9 - 14 0045-6535 2002/04 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    In order to investigate changes in the mutagenicity of fenitrothion during its biodegradation in solution, measurements were conducted at intervals in batch cultures incubated under anaerobic or aerobic conditions. Fenitrothion-degrading bacteria were obtained from a green onion field on the west side of Gifu University, Japan. Fenitrothion was almost completely decomposed by day 12 under both types of incubation condition. The indirect mutagenicity of the solution to strains YG1029 and YG1042, however, increased markedly during anaerobic biodegradation. The increase in mutagenicity was partially due to amino-fenitrothion, a metabolite formed during anaerobic biodegradation of fenitrothion. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • T Matsushita, Y Matsui, S Sakuma, T Inoue
    MUTATION RESEARCH-GENETIC TOXICOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MUTAGENESIS 516 (1-2) 71 - 79 1383-5718 2002/04 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    We used the Ames assay to investigate changes in the mutagenicity of chlornitrofen during its aerobic biodegradation. Although a mixed culture of bacteria obtained from river water degraded chlornitrofen and reduced its concentration from 39 to 6 mug/l in 21 days, the indirect mutagenicity of the solution to Salmonella strains TA98, YG1021, and YG1026 increased gradually. This finding suggests that mutagenic metabolites were produced during the aerobic biodegradation. The increase in the mutagenicity was, however, much smaller under aerobic than under anaerobic conditions. The differing sensitivities of our test strains to the functional groups on the mutagens showed that the mutagenic metabolites were indirect frameshift-type mutagens that might have neither nitro nor amino groups. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
  • Predicting pesticide concentrations in river water with a hydrologically calibrated basin-scale runoff model
    Y Matsui, S Itoshiro, M Buma, T Matsushita, K Hosogoe, A Yuasa, S Shinoda, T Inoue
    WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 45 (9) 141 - 148 0273-1223 2002 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Hydrological diffuse pollution models require calibration before they can be used to make accurate long-term predictions for a range of hydrological and meteorological conditions. As such, the applicability of the models to the dispersion of new pesticides is limited due to the lack of calibration data. In this study, the performance of a GIS-based basin-scale runoff model for predicting the concentrations of paddy-farming pesticides in river water was examined when calibrated using hydrological data alone, without optimization based on empirical pesticide concentration data. The prediction accuracy on a daily or hourly scale was somewhat unsatisfactory due to inevitable compromises concerning rice farming schedules. However, the month-averaged pesticide concentrations were satisfactorily accurate; more than 50% of predicted values were between half and twice the observed values, considering the deficiencies of the input data, particularly for pesticide usage, which may include up to 50% error.
  • T Matsushita, S Sakuma, K Nakamuro, Y Matsui
    WATER RESEARCH 35 (11) 2589 - 2594 0043-1354 2001/08 [Not refereed][Not invited]
    The mutagenicity of water, including herbicide CNP, and its time-variation during anaerobic biodegradation were studied through Ames assay using strains with or without. S9 mix: TA98 TA100. YG1021. YG1024, YG1026, and YG1029. The bacteria, for the anaerobic biodegradation, was obtained from a paddy field, and preincubated for a month. The CNP was decomposed in an anaerobic culture inoculated with the bacteria, and finally yielded CNP-amino as one of the CNP metabolites. About 16% of the initial CNP was transformed into CNP-amino bq the 14th day. The mutagenicities to TA98. YG1024. and YG1029 strains with S9 mix increased with cultivating time, the latter two showed the strongest sensitivity to CNP-amino. The contribution of CNP to the mutagenicity decreased as the chemical decomposed, while the contribution of CNP-amino increased. However, the increased mutagenicity was not limited to the contribution of CNP-amino, but also to the contribution of other metabolites. The contributions of other CNP metabolites were 67% of total mutagenicity to the TA98 strain and 30% to the YG1029 strain. These unknown mutagenic metabolites were the indirect frameshift mutagens which did not have nitro- and amino-substituents, and the indirect base-pair mutagens which might possibly have some amino-substituents. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd All rights reserved.


  • N. Shirasaki, T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, T. Marubayashi, K. Murai  SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT  576-  472  -472  2017/01  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • N. Shirasaki, T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, T. Marubayashi, K. Murai  Science of the Total Environment  576-  472  2017/01  [Refereed][Not invited]
    © 2016 Elsevier B.V. The authors regret that there was an error done in Table 1 of the article. They would like to change it from “mM-Al” to “μM-Al”. Coagulant dosage at sampling day (mM-Al) → “mM” (millimole) is an error and “μM” (micromole) is the correct one. The authors would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
  • N. Shirasaki, T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, A. Oshiba, T. Marubayashi, S. Sato  Water Research  48-  375  -386  2014/01  [Refereed][Not invited]
    We investigated the effects of basicity, sulfate content, and aluminum hydrolyte species on the ability of polyaluminum chloride (PACl) coagulants to remove F-specific RNA bacteriophages from river water at a pH range of 6-8. An increase in PACl basicity from 1.5 to 2.1 and the absence of sulfate led to a reduction of the amount of monomeric aluminum species (i.e., an increase of the total amount of polymeric aluminum and colloidal aluminum species) in the PACl, to an increase in the colloid charge density of the PACl, or to both and, as a result, to high virus removal efficiency. The efficiency of virus removal at around pH 8 observed with PACl-2.1c, a nonsulfated high-basicity PACl (basicity 2.1-2.2) with a high colloidal aluminum content, was larger than that observed with PACl-2.1b, a nonsulfated high-basicity PACl (basicity 2.1-2.2) with a high polymeric aluminum content. In contrast, although extremely high basicity PACls (e.g., PACl-2.7ns, basicity 2.7) effectively removed turbidity and UV260-absorbing natural organic matter and resulted in a very low residual aluminum concentration, the virus removal ratio with PACl-2.7ns was smaller than the ratio with PACl-2.1c at around pH 8, possibly as a result of a reduction of the colloid charge density of the PACl as the basicity was increased from 2.1 to 2.7. Liquid 27Al NMR analysis revealed that PACl-2.1c contained Al30 species, which was not the case for PACl-2.1b or PACl-2.7ns. This result suggests that Al30 species probably played a major role in virus removal during the coagulation process. In summary, PACl-2.1c, which has high colloidal aluminum content, contains Al30 species, and has a high colloid charge density, removed viruses more efficiently (>4 log10 for infectious viruses) than the other aluminum-based coagulants-including commercially available PACls (basicity 1.5-1.8), alum, and PACl-2.7ns-over the entire tested pH (6-8) and coagulant dosage (0.54-5.4mg-Al/L) ranges. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
  • N. Shirasaki, T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, T. Urasaki, M. Kimura, K. Ohno  Water Science and Technology: Water Supply  14-  429  -437  2014/01  [Refereed][Not invited]
    The ability of in-line coagulation pretreatment with high-basicity polyaluminum chloride (PACl) coagulants to enhance virus removal by ceramic microfiltration (MF) was examined by comparing virus removal efficiencies from water pretreated with PACl-2.2 (basicity 2.2) and PACl-2.5 (basicity 2.5) versus alum, a synthetic aluminum chloride (AlCl3) solution, and two commercially available PACls, PACl-1.5 and PACl-1.8. The virus removal ratios for AlCl3, alum, PACl-1.5, and PACl-1.8 decreased markedly when the pH of the treated water shifted from 6.8 to 7.8, but was high at both pHs for PACl-2.2 and PACl-2.5. PACl-2.5 contains Al13 species and possibly Al30 species, and has a high colloid charge density. It removed viruses more efficiently than the other aluminum-based coagulants, not only at neutral pH, but also under weakly alkaline conditions. Moreover, the in-line coagulation-ceramic MF process with PACl-2.5 pretreatment removed not only viruses but also dissolved organic carbon and UV260-absorbing natural organic matter more efficiently and resulted in a lower residual aluminum concentration than did commercially available PACls, especially under weakly alkaline conditions. A combination of coagulation pretreatment with a high-basicity PACl and ceramic MF can provide effective treatment of drinking water over a broader pH range than is possible with commercially available aluminum-based coagulants. © IWA Publishing 2014.
  • Yoshihiko Matsui, Tairyo B. Ishikawa, Masaoki Kimura, Kaori Machida, Nobutaka Shirasaki, Taku Matsushita  Separation and Purification Technology  119-  58  -65  2013/10  [Refereed][Not invited]
    The residual aluminum concentration in treated water after aluminum coagulation and solid-liquid separation is one of the key factors in evaluating the effectiveness of water treatments. Polymeric membrane filters have been widely used to operationally define dissolved substances from particulate matter, and have sometimes been employed in laboratories and pilot studies to approximately simulate media filtration. A comparison between media and membrane filters, however, has not yet been fully investigated. This study compared aluminum concentrations in the filtrate after sand bed and membrane filtrations. The aluminum concentration after sand bed filtration was lower than that after filtration using a membrane with a pore size of 0.1 μm, irrespective of the membrane material, with one exception. A PVDF membrane with a pore size of 0.1 μm produced a similar residual aluminum concentration to that obtained using a sand bed. When the natural organic matter concentration was very low, the aluminum concentration in the PVDF membrane (pore size 0.1 μm) and sand bed filtrates was lower than that obtained using other membranes with the same pore size. It is believed that adsorption of dissolved aluminum may enhance aluminum removal by the sand bed and the PVDF membrane when the aluminum exists in an uncomplexed form with natural organic matter. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
  • N. Shirasaki, T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, T. Urasaki, K. Ohno  Water Science and Technology: Water Supply  12-  666  -673  2012/10  [Refereed][Not invited]
    Difference in behaviors of F-specific DNA and RNA bacteriophages during coagulation-rapid sand filtration and coagulation-microfiltration (MF) processes were investigated by using river water spiked with F-specific DNA bacteriophage f1 and RNA bacteriophage f2. Because the particle characteristics of f1 (filamentous) and f2 (spherical) are quite different and the surface charge of f1 in the river water was slightly more negative than that of f2, the removal ratios of f1 were approximately 1-log lower than the removal ratio of f2 after any treatment process used in the present study. This result indicates that the behaviors of the two bacteriophages during the treatment processes were different, and that the removal of f1 by the combination of coagulation and filtration processes was more difficult than that of f2. The removal ratios for f1 and f2 were approximately 3-log and 4-log, respectively, in the coagulation-rapid sand filtration process, and 6-log and 7-log, respectively, in the coagulation-MF filtration process. Therefore, as expected, the coagulation-MF process appears to be more effective than the coagulation-rapid sand filtration process for the removal of not only spherical viruses but also filamentous viruses. © IWA Publishing 2012.
  • 木戸淳基, 新妻瞬, 松井佳彦, 権大維, 伊藤禎彦, 大野浩一, 松下拓  全国水道研究発表会講演集  63rd-  538  -539  2012/04/24  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • Taku Matsushita, Nobutaka Shirasaki, Yoshihiko Matsui, Koichi Ohno  Chemosphere  85-  571  -576  2011/10  [Refereed][Not invited]
    We used the bacteriophages Qβ and MS2 to determine whether viruses are inactivated by aluminum coagulants during the coagulation process. We performed batch coagulation and filtration experiments with virus-containing solutions. After filtering the supernatant of the coagulated solution through a membrane with a pore size of 50 nm, we measured the virus concentration by both the plaque forming unit (PFU) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methods. The virus concentration determined by the PFU method, which determines the infectious virus concentration, was always lower than that determined by the PCR-based method, which determines total virus concentration, regardless of infectivity. This discrepancy can be explained by the formation of aggregates consisting of several virus particles or by the inactivation of viruses in the coagulation process. The former possibility can be discounted because (i) aggregates of several virus particles would not pass through the 50-nm pores of the filtration membrane, and (ii) our particle size measurements revealed that the virus particles in the membrane filtrate were monodispersed. These observations clearly showed that non-infectious Qβ particles were present in the membrane filtrate after the coagulation process with aluminum coagulants. We subsequently revealed that the viruses lost their infectivity after being mixed with hydrolyzing aluminum species during the coagulation process. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
  • 新妻瞬, 松井佳彦, 松下拓, 大野浩一  全国水道研究発表会講演集  62nd-  646  -647  2011/04/21  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 大野浩一, 白鳥良樹, 松井佳彦, 松下拓  全国水道研究発表会講演集  62nd-  198  -199  2011/04/21  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 山本裕子, 松井佳彦, 松下拓, 大野浩一  日本水環境学会年会講演集  45th-  589  2011/03/18  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 大野浩一, 白鳥良樹, 前田達矢, 松井佳彦, 松下拓  日本水環境学会年会講演集  45th-  384  2011/03/18  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • Yoshihiko Matsui, Naoya Ando, Tomoaki Yoshida, Ryuji Kurotobi, Taku Matsushita, Koichi Ohno  WATER RESEARCH  45-  (4)  1720  -1728  2011/02  [Not refereed][Not invited]
    The capacity to adsorb natural organic matter (NOM) and polystyrene sulfonates (PSSs) on small particle-size activated carbon (super-powdered activated carbon, SPAC) is higher than that on larger particle-size activated carbon (powdered-activated carbon, PAC). Increased adsorption capacity is likely attributable to the larger external surface area because the NOM and PSS molecules do not completely penetrate the adsorbent particle; they preferentially adsorb near the outer surface of the particle. In this study, we propose a new isotherm equation, the Shell Adsorption Model (SAM), to explain the higher adsorption capacity on smaller adsorbent particles and to describe quantitatively adsorption isotherms of activated carbons of different particle sizes: PAC and SPAC. The SAM was verified with the experimental data of PSS adsorption kinetics as well as equilibrium. SAM successfully characterized PSS adsorption isotherm data for SPACs and PAC simultaneously with the same model parameters. When SAM was incorporated into an adsorption kinetic model, kinetic decay curves for PSSs adsorbing onto activated carbons of different particle sizes could be simultaneously described with a single kinetics parameter value. On the other hand, when SAM was not incorporated into such an adsorption kinetic model and instead isotherms were described by the Freundlich model, the kinetic decay curves were not well described. The success of the SAM further supports the adsorption mechanism of PSSs preferentially adsorbing near the outer surface of activated carbon particles. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • Naoya Ando, Yoshihiko Matsui, Taku Matsushita, Koichi Ohno  WATER RESEARCH  45-  (2)  761  -767  2011/01  [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Decreasing the particle size of powdered activated carbon (PAC) by pulverization increases its adsorption capacities for natural organic matter (NOM) and polystyrene sulfonate (PSS, which is used as a model adsorbate). A shell adsorption mechanism in which NOM and PSS molecules do not completely penetrate the adsorbent particle and instead preferentially adsorb near the outer surface of the particle has been proposed as an explanation for this adsorption capacity increase. In this report, we present direct evidence to support the shell adsorption mechanism. PAC particles containing adsorbed PSS were sectioned with a focused ion beam, and the solid-phase PSS concentration profiles of the particle cross-sections were directly observed by means of field emission scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (FE-SEM/EDXS). X-ray emission from sulfur, an index of PSS concentration, was higher in the shell region than in the inner region of the particles. The X-ray emission profile observed by EDXS did not agree completely with the solid-phase PSS concentration profile predicted by shell adsorption model analysis of the PSS isotherm data, but the observed and predicted profiles were not inconsistent when the analytical errors were considered. These EDXS results provide the first direct evidence that PSS is adsorbed mainly in the vicinity of the external surface of the PAC particles, and thus the results support the proposition that the increase in NOM and PSS adsorption capacity with decreasing particle size is due to the increase in external surface area on which the molecules can be adsorbed. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • 白崎伸隆, 松下拓, 松井佳彦, 大野浩一  環境工学研究フォーラム講演集  47th-  145  -147  2010/11/12  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 安藤直哉, 松井佳彦, 松下拓, 大野浩一  日本水環境学会シンポジウム講演集  13th-  329  -334  2010/09/08  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 白崎伸隆, 大芝淳, 松下拓, 松井佳彦, 大野浩一  土木学会年次学術講演会講演概要集(CD-ROM)  65th-  ROMBUNNO.VII-033  2010/08/05  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 安藤直哉, 松井佳彦, 松下拓, 大野浩一, 吉田智明  土木学会年次学術講演会講演概要集(CD-ROM)  65th-  ROMBUNNO.VII-036  2010/08/05  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 松井佳彦, 松下拓, 大野浩一  衛生工学シンポジウム論文集  18th-  1  2010/07/01  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • N. Shirasaki, T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, T. Urasaki, A. Oshiba, K. Ohno  Water Science and Technology  61-  2027  -2034  2010/07  [Refereed][Not invited]
    Norovirus (NV) is a prototype strain of a group of human caliciviruses responsible for epidemic outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis worldwide. Because of the lack of a cell culture system or an animal model for this virus, studies on drinking water treatment such as separation and disinfection processes are still hampered. In the present study, we investigated NV removal performance as particles during a coagulation-ceramic microfiltration (MF) process by using recombinant NV virus-like particles (rNV-VLPs), which are morphologically and antigenically similar to native NV. We also experimentally investigated the behaviors of two widely accepted surrogates for pathogenic waterborne viruses, bacteriophages Qβ and MS2, for comparison with the behavior of rNV-VLPs. More than 4-log removal was observed for rNV-VLPs with a 1.08 mg-Al/L dose of polyaluminium chloride in the coagulation-ceramic MF process. This high removal ratio of rNV-VLPs satisfies the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirement of 4-log removal or inactivation. In addition, the removal ratios of Qβ and MS2 were approximately 2-log and 1-log, smaller than the ratio of rNV-VLPs. Accordingly, both bacteriophages have the potential to become appropriate surrogates for native NV in the coagulation-ceramic MF process, and, of the two, Qβ is the more conservative surrogate. © IWA Publishing 2010.
  • Naoya Ando, Yoshihiko Matsui, Ryuji Kurotobi, Yu Nakano, Taku Matsushita, Koichi Ohno  WATER RESEARCH  44-  (14)  4127  -4136  2010/07  [Not refereed][Not invited]
    We examined the natural organic matter (NOM) adsorption characteristics of super-powdered activated carbon (S-PAC) produced by pulverizing commercially available, normal PAC to a submicron particle size range. The adsorption capacities of S-PAC for NOM and polystyrene sulfonates (PSS) with molecular weights (MWs) of 1.1, 1.8, and 4.6 kDa, which we used as model compounds, were considerably higher than those of PAC. The adsorption capacity increases were observed for all five types of carbon tested (two wood-based, two coconut-based, and one coal-based carbon). The adsorption capacities of S-PAC and PAC for polyethylene glycols (PEGs) with MWs of 0.3 and 1.0 were the same. The adsorption capacities of S-PAC for PEGs with MWs of 3.0 and 8.0 kDa were slightly higher than the adsorption capacities of PAC, but the difference in adsorption capacity was not as large as that observed for NOM and the PSSs, even though the MW ranges of the adsorbates were similar. We concluded that the adsorption capacity differences between S-PAC and PAC observed for NOM and PSSs were due to the difference in particle size between the two carbons, rather than to differences in internal pore size or structure, to differences in activation, or to non-attainment of equilibrium that resulted from the change in particle size. The difference in adsorption capacity between S-PAC and PAC was larger for NOM with a high specific UV absorbance (SUVA) value than for low-SUVA NOM. The larger adsorption capacities of S-PAC compared with PAC were explained by the larger specific external surface area per unit mass. We hypothesize that a larger fraction of the internal pore volume is accessible with carbon of smaller particle size because the NOM and PSS molecules preferentially adsorb near the outer surface of the particle and therefore do not completely penetrate the adsorbent particle. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • 安藤直哉, 吉田智明, 松井佳彦, 松下拓, 大野浩一  全国水道研究発表会講演集  61st-  152  -153  2010/04/20  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 岩尾憲祐, 谷幸二, 松井佳彦, 鎌田素之, 大野浩一, 松下拓  全国水道研究発表会講演集  61st-  466  -467  2010/04/20  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 石川太了, 松井佳彦, 松下拓, 大野浩一, 木村正興  全国水道研究発表会講演集  61st-  236  -237  2010/04/20  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 鈴木英明, 安藤直哉, 白崎信隆, 松下拓, 松井佳彦, 大野浩一  全国水道研究発表会講演集  61st-  150  -151  2010/04/20  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 吉田智明, 松井佳彦, 松下拓, 大野浩一, 安藤直哉  全国水道研究発表会講演集  61st-  154  -155  2010/04/20  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 白崎伸隆, 松井佳彦, 松下拓, 大野浩一  全国水道研究発表会講演集  61st-  224  -225  2010/04/20  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 中村圭佑, 小林裕史, 松下拓, 松井佳彦, 大野浩一  日本水環境学会年会講演集  44th-  179  2010/03/15  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 白崎伸隆, 松下拓, 松井佳彦, 大野浩一, 小泓誠  日本水環境学会年会講演集  44th-  180  2010/03/15  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • N. Shirasaki, T. Matsushita, Y. Matsui, A. Oshiba, K. Ohno  Water Research  44-  1307  -1316  2010/03  [Refereed][Not invited]
    Norovirus (NV) is an important human pathogen that causes epidemic acute nonbacterial gastroenteritis worldwide. Because of the lack of a cell culture system or an animal model for this virus, studies of drinking water treatment such as separation and disinfection processes are still hampered. We successfully estimated NV removal performance during a coagulation-rapid sand filtration process by using recombinant NV virus-like particles (rNV-VLPs) morphologically and antigenically similar to native NV. The behaviors of two widely accepted surrogates for pathogenic waterborne viruses, bacteriophages Qβ and MS2, were also investigated for comparison with that of rNV-VLPs. Approximately 3-log10 removals were observed for rNV-VLPs with a dose of 40 μM-Al or -Fe, as polyaluminum chloride at pH 6.8 or ferric chloride at pH 5.8, respectively. Smaller removal ratios were obtained with alum and ferric chloride at pH 6.8. The removal performance for MS2 was somewhat larger than that for rNV-VLPs, meaning that MS2 is not recommended as an appropriate surrogate for native NV. By comparison, the removal performance for Qβ was similar to, or smaller than, that for rNV-VLPs. However, the removal performances for rNV-VLPs and Qβ differed between the coagulation process and the following rapid sand filtration process. Therefore, Qβ also is not recommended as an appropriate surrogate for native NV. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
  • 松下拓, 大野浩一, 松井佳彦  水道水異臭被害を及ぼす原因物質の同定・評価および低減技術に関する研究 平成21年度 総括・分担研究報告書  29  -41  2010  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • Effect of transmembrane pressure on geosmin release from cyanobacterial cell during microfiltration
    Water Practice and Technology  5-  (3)  online journal  2010  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • Koichi Ohno, Kohei Ishikawa, Yuki Kurosawa, Yoshihiko Matsui, Taku Matsushita, Yasumoto Magara  WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY  62-  (11)  2694  -2701  2010  [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Daily intakes of 17 metals (boron, aluminium, chromium, manganese, nickel, copper, zinc, arsenic, selenium, molybdenum, cadmium, antimony, lead, uranium, magnesium, calcium, and iron) via drinking water and total diet were investigated in six cities in Japan. The daily metal intakes were estimated and compared with tolerable daily intake (TDI) values proposed by the WHO or Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives for toxic metals and with recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) or adequate intake (AI) values proposed for essential metals by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Among the 13 toxic metals, mean dietary intakes of 10 (except arsenic, selenium, and molybdenum) were less than 50% of TDI, suggesting that for these 10 metals the allocation of intake to drinking water in establishing guidelines or standards could possibly be increased from the normal allocation of 10-20% of TDI. For the 13 toxic metals, the contribution of drinking water to TDI was 2% or less in all six cities. Mean dietary intakes of the essential elements magnesium, calcium, and iron were less than the RDA or AI values. Drinking water did not contribute much to essential metal intake, accounting for less than 10% of RDA or AI.
  • Koji Tani, Yoshihiko Matsui, Kentaro Narita, Koichi Ohno, Taku Matsushita  WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY  62-  (11)  2579  -2589  2010  [Not refereed][Not invited]
    We quantitatively evaluated the factors that affect the concentrations of rice-farming pesticides (an herbicide and a fungicide) in river water by a sensitivity analysis using a diffuse pollution hydrologic model. Pesticide degradation and adsorption in paddy soil affected concentrations of the herbicide pretilachlor but did not affect concentrations of the fungicide isoprothiolane. We attributed this difference to the timing of pesticide application in relation to irrigation and drainage of the rice paddy fields. The herbicide was applied more than a month before water drainage of the fields and runoff was gradual over a long period of time, whereas the fungicide was applied shortly before drainage and runoff was rapid. However, the effects of degradability-in- water on the herbicide and fungicide concentrations were similar, with concentrations decreasing only when the rate constant of degradation in water was large. We also evaluated the effects of intermittent irrigation methods (irrigation/artificial drainage or irrigation/percolation) on pesticide concentrations in river water. The runoff of the fungicide, which is applied near or in the period of intermittent irrigation, notably decreased when the method of irrigation/artificial drainage was changed to irrigation/percolation. In a sensitivity analysis evaluating the synergy effect of degradation and adsorbability in soil, the degradation rate constant in soil greatly affected pesticide concentration when the adsorption coefficient was small but did not affect pesticide concentration when the adsorption coefficient was large. The pesticide concentration in the river water substantially decreased when either or both the degradation rate constant in soil and adsorption coefficient was large.
  • Y. Matsui, Y. Nakano, H. Hiroshi, N. Ando, T. Matsushita, K. Ohno  WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY  62-  (11)  2664  -2668  2010  [Not refereed][Not invited]
    Geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol (2-MIB) are naturally occurring compounds responsible for musty-earthy-odors in surface water supplies. They are a severe problem confronting utilities worldwide. Adsorption by powdered activated carbon (PAC) is a widely used process to control this problem, but it has low efficiency, which engenders large budget spending for utilities services. Super-powdered activated carbon (S-PAC) is activated carbon with much finer particles than those of PAC. Experiments on geosmin and 2-MIB adsorptions on S-PAC and PAC were conducted. Geosmin and 2-MIB adsorption capacities on S-PAC were not smaller than those on PAC although natural organic matter, which adversely impacted the adsorption capacity of geosmin and 2-MIB, was more adsorbed on S-PAC than on PAC, meaning that the adsorption competition is less severe for S-PAC than for PAC.
  • Nobutaka Shirasaki, Taku Matsushita, Yoshihiko Matsui, Makoto Kobuke, Koichi Ohno  JOURNAL OF WATER SUPPLY RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY-AQUA  59-  (8)  501  -511  2010  [Not refereed][Not invited]
    The feasibility of in-line coagulation as a pretreatment for ceramic microfiltration (MF) was verified by comparing its efficiency in the removal of viruses with that of the traditional mechanical mixing approach for coagulation, and by examining the effect of coagulant dose and coagulation time on virus removal. The in-line coagulation-ceramic MF system efficiently removed bacteriophage Q beta and MS2: removal ratios were > 8.2 log for infectious viruses and > 5.4 log for total (infectious + inactivated) virus particles. These values were similar to those of the mechanical coagulation-ceramic MF system. The in-line coagulation system has potential as a useful pretreatment for the removal of viruses as an alternative to the mechanical mixing system, because the former efficiently removes viruses and has a smaller footprint in treatment plants. For the in-line coagulation-ceramic MF system, a coagulant dose of 1.08 mg-Al/L and a coagulation time of 1 min were required to achieve a high level of virus removal. Infectious Q beta and MS2 were removed to similar levels by the two precoagulation methods tested, but the removal of total MS2 particles was higher than that of Q beta particles, possibly because of the selective interaction with the cake layer.
  • 白崎伸隆, 松下拓, 松井佳彦, 大野浩一  日本水環境学会シンポジウム講演集  12th-  273  -278  2009/09/14  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 大野浩一, 石川浩平, 黒沢裕貴, 松下拓, 松井佳彦  日本水環境学会シンポジウム講演集  12th-  195  -196  2009/09/14  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 石川浩平, 黒沢裕貴, 大野浩一, 松下拓, 松井佳彦  全国水道研究発表会講演集  60th-  508  -509  2009/05/01  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 木村正興, 大野浩一, 松下拓, 松井佳彦  全国水道研究発表会講演集  60th-  448  -449  2009/05/01  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 大芝淳, 白崎伸隆, 浦崎稔史, 松下拓, 松井佳彦, 大野浩一  全国水道研究発表会講演集  60th-  132  -133  2009/05/01  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 遺伝子組換えノロウイルス外套タンパク粒子(rNV-VLPs)を用いたヒトノロウイルスの浄水処理性評価
    白崎伸隆, 松下拓, 松井佳彦, 大芝淳, 浦崎稔史, 大野浩一  環境工学研究論文集  46-  415  -422  2009  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 白崎伸隆, 浦崎稔史, 小泓誠, 松下拓, 松井佳彦, 大野浩一  環境工学研究フォーラム講演集  45th-  151  -153  2008/11/28  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 谷幸二, 土田佳幸, 成田健太郎, 大野浩一, 松下拓, 松井佳彦  全国水道研究発表会講演集  59th-  522  -523  2008/05/01  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 中野優, 安藤直哉, 大野浩一, 松下拓, 松井佳彦  全国水道研究発表会講演集  59th-  210  -211  2008/05/01  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 浦崎稔史, 白崎伸隆, 小泓誠, 松下拓, 大野浩一, 松井佳彦  全国水道研究発表会講演集  59th-  150  -151  2008/05/01  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 安藤直哉, 松井佳彦, 松下拓, 大野浩一, 佐々木洋志, 中野優  環境工学研究論文集  45-  309  -315  2008  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 長谷川広樹, 澤岡大輔, 松井佳彦, 松下拓, 大野浩一  全国水道研究発表会講演集  58th-  174  -175  2007/04/25  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 日根野谷充, 木村哲朗, 大野浩一, 松下拓, 松井佳彦, 伊藤雅喜  全国水道研究発表会講演集  58th-  212  -213  2007/04/25  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 小泓誠, 白崎伸隆, 松下拓, 松井佳彦, 大野浩一  全国水道研究発表会講演集  58th-  172  -173  2007/04/25  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 佐々木洋志, 村井謙二, 栗原沙織, 大野浩一, 松下拓, 松井佳彦  全国水道研究発表会講演集  58th-  260  -261  2007/04/25  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 白鳥良樹, 南岳宏, 大野浩一, 松下拓, 松井佳彦  全国水道研究発表会講演集  58th-  258  -259  2007/04/25  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 井上 隆信, 松下 拓, 山田 俊郎, 松井 佳彦  水文・水資源学会誌  18-  (6)  681  -687  2005  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 松下拓, 小塚信幸, 中務誠, 角田裕樹, 松井佳彦  環境工学研究論文集,  42-  463  -468  2005  [Not refereed][Not invited]
  • 松下拓, 中道広隆, 伊藤禎彦, 住友恒  環境工学研究論文集  34-  29  -34  1997  [Not refereed][Not invited]

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 日本水環境学会 論文賞
    受賞者: 松下 拓
  • 2017 環境科学会 論文賞
    受賞者: 松下 拓
  • 2013 土木学会環境工学委員会 第49回環境工学研究フォーラム論文賞
    受賞者: 松下 拓
  • 2013 クリタ水・環境科学振興財団 クリタ 水・環境科学研究優秀賞
    受賞者: 松下 拓
  • 2008 土木学会環境工学委員会 第45回環境工学研究フォーラム優秀ポスター発表賞
    受賞者: 松下 拓
  • 2003 日本水環境学会 論文奨励賞(廣瀬賞)

Research Grants & Projects

  • 培養に頼らないウイルスの浄水処理性評価手法と高効率浄水ウイルス処理システムの構築
    Date (from‐to) : 2018 -2021 
    Author : 松下 拓
  • 「見える」ファウリング物質を用いた膜ファウリングメカニズムの根本的解明
    Date (from‐to) : 2019 -2020 
    Author : 松下 拓
  • 代謝を考慮したコリンエステラーゼ活性阻害試験の構築とそれを用いた有機リン系農薬由来分解物の毒性評価
    Date (from‐to) : 2018 -2019 
    Author : 松下 拓
  • DNAを封入したウイルス外套蛋白粒子を用いた培養困難なウイルスの浄水処理性評価
    Date (from‐to) : 2017 -2018 
    Author : 松下 拓
  • 有機リン系農薬の塩素処理工程における毒性の変動と毒性に寄与する分解生成物の同定
    Date (from‐to) : 2017 -2018 
    Author : 松下 拓
  • 遺伝子組換で発現した外套タンパクを用いた培養不可能なウイルスの浄水処理性の評価
    Date (from‐to) : 2015 -2017 
    Author : 松下 拓
  • ヒト嗅覚を検出器としたGC/MS法の確立とそれを用いた浄水異臭味の全体像の把握
    Date (from‐to) : 2015 -2016 
    Author : 松下 拓
  • VLPsを用いた培養不可能なウイルスの浄水処理性評価
    Date (from‐to) : 2012 -2014 
    Author : 松下 拓
  • VLPを用いたノロウイルスの浄水処理性評価
    Date (from‐to) : 2009 -2011 
    Author : 松下 拓
  • 遺伝子組換で発現した外套タンパクを用いたノロウイルス浄水処理性の評価
    Date (from‐to) : 2009 -2010 
    Author : 松下 拓
  • ウイルス外套タンパク粒子を用いたノロウイルスの浄水処理性の検討
    Date (from‐to) : 2007 -2008 
    Author : 松下 拓
  • 環境中での農薬の光/微生物分解に伴う遺伝子毒性の変動
    Date (from‐to) : 2004 -2005 
    Author : 松下 拓
  • 嫌気好気条件の変化に伴う環境化学物質の微生物分解代謝物の遺伝子毒性の変動
    Date (from‐to) : 2002 -2003 
    Author : 松下 拓
  • 染色体異常誘発性と遺伝子毒性からみた環境化学物質の微生物分解の安全評価実験
    Date (from‐to) : 2000 -2001 
    Author : 松下 拓

Educational Activities

Teaching Experience

  • Water Quality Risk and Control
    開講年度 : 2018
    課程区分 : 修士課程
    開講学部 : 工学院
    キーワード : 吸着処理, 汚泥処理
  • Water Quality Risk and Control
    開講年度 : 2018
    課程区分 : 修士課程
    開講学部 : 工学院
    キーワード : 吸着処理, 汚泥処理
  • Water Quality Risk and Control
    開講年度 : 2018
    課程区分 : 博士後期課程
    開講学部 : 工学院
    キーワード : Adsorption, waste sludge treatment
  • Water Quality Risk and Control
    開講年度 : 2018
    課程区分 : 博士後期課程
    開講学部 : 工学院
    キーワード : 吸着処理, 汚泥処理
  • Environmental Engineering
    開講年度 : 2018
    課程区分 : 学士課程
    開講学部 : 工学部
    キーワード : 都市環境、水質汚濁、上下水道、水質保全、大気保全、廃棄物、エネルギー、騒音・振動
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering
    開講年度 : 2018
    課程区分 : 学士課程
    開講学部 : 工学部
    キーワード : 都市環境, 水質汚濁, 上下水道, 水質保全, 大気保全, 廃棄物, エネルギー, 費用便益, 環境管理, 人間の生理機能, 温熱・光, 騒音
  • Environmental Toxicology
    開講年度 : 2018
    課程区分 : 学士課程
    開講学部 : 工学部
    キーワード : 毒性物質, 代謝, 生体防御機構, バイオアッセイ
  • Introduction to Informatics I
    開講年度 : 2018
    課程区分 : 学士課程
    開講学部 : 全学教育
    キーワード : 情報活用,情報社会,情報科学

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