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Title: Kinetic modeling of electro-Fenton reaction in aqueous solution
Authors: Liu, Hong
Li, Xiang-zhong
Leng, Yongjun
Wang, Chuan
Subjects: E-Fenton
Kinetic model
Issue Date: Mar-2007
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Water research, Mar. 2007, v. 41, no. 5, p. 1161-1167.
Abstract: To well describe the electro-Fenton (E-Fenton) reaction in aqueous solution, a new kinetic model was established according to the generally accepted mechanism of E-Fenton reaction. The model has special consideration on the rates of hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂) generation and consumption in the reaction solution. The model also embraces three key operating factors affecting the organic degradation in the E-Fenton reaction, including current density, dissolved oxygen concentration and initial ferrous ion concentration. This analytical model was then validated by the experiments of phenol degradation in aqueous solution. The experiments demonstrated that the H₂O₂ gradually built up with time and eventually approached its maximum value in the reaction solution. The experiments also showed that phenol was degraded at a slow rate at the early stage of the reaction, a faster rate during the middle stage, and a slow rate again at the final stage. It was confirmed in all experiments that the curves of phenol degradation (concentration vs. time) appeared to be an inverted "S" shape. The experimental data were fitted using both the normal first-order model and our new model, respectively. The goodness of fittings demonstrated that the new model could better fit the experimental data than the first-order model appreciably, which indicates that this analytical model can better describe the kinetics of the E-Fenton reaction mathematically and also chemically.
Rights: Water Research © 2007 Elsevier. The journal web site is located at
Type: Journal/Magazine Article
DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2006.12.006
ISSN: 0043-1354
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