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Author(s): João H. O. S. Pereira
Daniel B. Queirós
Ana C. Reis
Olga C. Nunes
Maria T. Borges
Rui A. R. Boaventura
Vítor J. P. Vilar
Title: Process enhancement at near neutral pH of a homogeneous photo-Fenton reaction using ferricarboxylate complexes: Application to oxytetracycline degradation
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: This work demonstrates the application at near neutral pH of a photo-Fenton reaction mediated by ferricarboxylates on the treatment of aqueous solutions containing the antibiotic Oxytetracycline (OTC) under solar irradiation. The formation of a Fe:OTC complex after Fe2+ oxidation to Fe3+, in the presence of H2O2, showed the inconvenience of using the conventional Fe2+/H2O2/UV-Vis process at near neutral pH levels, as the complex is retained in the filter. To overcome this, a Fe3+/Oxalate/UV-Vis or Fe3+/Citrate/H2O2/UV-Vis process was proposed. The higher tendency of Fe3+ to form complexes with carboxylates avoids the formation of Fe:OTC complexes and allows for proper OTC detection along reaction times. The photo-Fenton process itself is improved by the extension of the iron solubility to higher and more practical pH values, by the increase of the quantum yield of Fe2+ production and by presenting stronger radiation absorption at wavelengths up to 580 nm. In this way, process efficiency was evaluated for different variables such as Fe3+ concentration, pH, temperature and irradiance, using a compound parabolic collector (CPC) photoreactor at lab-scale under simulated solar radiation. Reaction rates were compared in the presence of different inorganic anions and humic acids, and in two different real wastewater matrixes. Results obtained in a CPC pilot-scale plant under natural solar light, using an iron/oxalate molar ratio
Subject: Tecnologia ambiental, Engenharia química
Environmental technology, Chemical engineering
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Engenharia química
Engineering and technology::Chemical engineering
Related Information: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia/Projetos Estratégicos/PEst-C/EQB/LA0020/2013/PROJECTO ESTRATÉGICO - LA 20 - 2013-2014/LA 20
info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia/Projectos de I&DT em Todos os Domínios Científicos/PTDC/AAC-AMB/113091/2009/Eliminação de micropoluentes com actividade antimicrobiana de águas residuais/PTDC/AAC-AMB/113091/2009
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
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