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Most-cited article in 2013 

Willem Koerselman Award for Wols and Hofman-Caris

29 December 2013Organisation Research

Bas Wols and Roberta Hofman-Caris win the 2013 Willem Koerselman Award for their article entitled “Review of photochemical reaction constants of organic micropollutants required for UV advanced oxidation processes in water”, published in the scientific journal Water Research. In 2013 the article was cited 24 times by other researchers.

The Willem Koerselman Award is given every year to the KWR researchers who have published the peer-reviewed article that is most cited over the preceding year. Traditionally, the award is handed to the winners by our ex-colleague, Willem Koerselman, who the award is named after. The wining article for 2013, which was published in 2012, provides an overview of the parameters of more than 100 organic micropollutants which can be transformed by advanced oxidation into smaller, more degradable compounds, or even into water and carbon dioxide.

“Citations represent an international recognition of your work”

Effective removal of micropollutants

Hofman-Caris explains: “Drinking water sources contain more and more organic micropollutants, like pesticides, pharmaceuticals and personal care products. Working with water companies, we study techniques to effectively remove these micropollutants. Advanced oxidation is one of these techniques. It makes use of both UV radiation and hydroxyl radicals – which come from H2O2 – to degrade micropollutants. With the parameter overview one can calculate how much UV and H2O2 is required to sufficiently degrade all micropollutants. On this basis, the water companies can optimise their treatment processes.”

Article fills knowledge gap

Hofman-Caris and Wols are honoured to share the Willem Koerselman Award. “Citations represent an international recognition of your work,” says Wols. “I had secretly hoped that the article would be well cited, because I myself had noticed, in my modelling work, that a good overview of the values for UV/H2O2 relevant parameters for all sorts of micropollutants was missing. But I must say I was surprised that the article had been cited so many times one year after its publication.”

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