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Humic acid modified Fenton reagent for enhancement of the working pH range

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Title
Humic acid modified Fenton reagent for enhancement of the working pH range
Abstract

The suitability of the Fenton process for the remediation of soil and groundwater is limited by the necessity to acidify the reaction medium. This study examines the applicability of humic acid (HA) as an iron chelator in a modified Fenton system with the aim of extending the optimum pH range for this process towards neutral conditions. Addition of HA at a concentration of 50–100 mg L−1 greatly enhances the rate of oxidation of organic compounds in a catalytic Fenton system in the range of pH 5–7. Similar rates at pH 5 in the presence of HA can be achieved as at pH 3 for a typical Fenton process in the absence of HA (k′ = 9 × 10−3 min−1 for benzene degradation at cH2O2=0.13 McH2O2=0.13 M). A comparison of the relative reactivities of various model compounds supported the hypothesis that OH radicals are the main reactive species in the HA-modified Fenton system. In contrast, however, another type of chelated Fe-catalyst (Fe-TAML) proved to be more selective than expected for OH radicals. A long-term study revealed that the HA itself is oxidized and thereby loses its ability to enhance the degradation of the pollutant molecules. Therefore, the HA-modified Fenton system is effective for degrading pollutants which are at least as reactive towards OH radicals as the HA itself, such as BTEX, phenols or PAHs. The results obtained indicate that the HA-modified Fenton system is also applicable for compounds with a high sorption tendency towards HA.

Keywords
Hydrogen peroxide; Humic substances; Fenton; Iron chelators; AOP
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental - Volume 72, Issues 1–2, 8 March 2007, Pages 26–36
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Catalysis
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