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Wu J.,Key Laboratory Of Environmental Protect And Eco Remediation Of Guangdong Reg Higher Educ Institutions | Wu J.,South China University of Technology | Lin G.,Key Laboratory Of Environmental Protect And Eco Remediation Of Guangdong Reg Higher Educ Institutions | Li P.,Key Laboratory Of Environmental Protect And Eco Remediation Of Guangdong Reg Higher Educ Institutions | And 3 more authors.
Water Science and Technology | Year: 2013

The decoloration of an azo dye reactive brilliant orange (X-GN) by a heterogeneous Fenton system using activated carbon-FeOOH catalyst (AC-FeOOH) and H2O2 was studied. Under typical conditions (pH 7.0, H2O2 10 mmol/L, AC-FeOOH 1.0 g/L and 30 °C), 98% decoloration rate of X-GN was achieved in 240 min. The decoloration efficiency of X-GN increased with higher H2O2 dosage, higher AC-FeOOH dosage and higher reaction temperature. Though the catalytic reaction was an acid driven process, a sufficient decoloration performance was still obtained in neutral and alkaline conditions. Kinetic studies suggested that the decoloration of X-GN followed a pseudo-first order reaction and the activation energy was 17.2 kJ/mol. Iron leaching from AC-FeOOH occurred during the reaction, but the decoloration efficiency of X-GN was still higher than 80% after four runs. The AC-FeOOH has a good stability and can be reused. Besides, the generation of massive iron-containing sludge can be avoided after reaction as the remaining ferric ions in the solution were less than 1 mg/L in this combined H2O2 and AC-FeOOH process. © IWA Publishing 2013.

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