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Degradation of Chlorophenols by Supported Co–Mg–Al Layered Double Hydrotalcite with Bicarbonate Activated Hydrogen Peroxide

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posted on 2014-10-30, 00:00 authored by Ali Jawad, Xiaoyan Lu, Zhuqi Chen, Guochuan Yin
Toxic and bioresistant compounds have attracted researchers to develop more efficient and cost-effective technologies for degradation of organic compounds in wastewater. This work demonstrates the degradation of 4-chlorophenol, 2,4-dichlorophenol, 2,4,6-trichlorophenol, and phenol as model compounds using bicarbonate-activated H2O2 oxidation system in the presence of supported catalysts. The catalytic activity of the catalyst was investigated in term of degradation of target compounds, chemical oxygen demand (COD), and total organic carbon (TOC) removals both for batch mode and in fixed bed reactor using CoMgAl-HTs and CoMgAl-SHTs, respectively. The leaching of cobalt ion was efficiently prohibited because of the presence of a weakly basic medium provided by bicarbonate, and the CoMgAl-SHTs catalyst was found to retain its stability and good catalytic activity in fixed bed reactor for over 300 h. Extensive chemical probing, fluorescence, and electron paired resonance (EPR) studies were conducted to identify the actual reactive species in the degradation pathway, which revealed that the reaction proceeds through generation of superoxide, hydroxyl radical along with carbonate radical.