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Regeneration of Activated Carbon by (Photo)-Fenton Oxidation

Muranaka, Cinthia T. and Julcour-Lebigue, Carine and Wilhelm, Anne-Marie and Delmas, Henri and Nascimento, Claudio A. O. Regeneration of Activated Carbon by (Photo)-Fenton Oxidation. (2010) Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, vol. 49 (n° 3). pp. 989-995. ISSN 0196-4321

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/IE900675D

Abstract

This work aims to study the adsorption of phenol on activated carbons (ACs) and the consecutive in situ regeneration of carbon by Fenton oxidation. Two different operations have been carried out: (1) a batch procedure in order to investigate the influence of Fe2+ and H2O2 concentrations; (2) continuous fixed bed adsorption, followed by a batch circulation of the Fenton’s reagent through the saturated AC bed, to examine the efficiency of the real process. Two different activated carbons have been also studied: a both micro- and mesoporous AC (L27) and an only microporous one (S23). In the batch reactor the best conditions found for pollutant mineralization in the homogeneous Fenton system are not the best for AC regeneration: a continuous reduction of adsorption capacity of L27 is observed after 3 oxidations, due to the decrease of both AC weight and surface area. Higher concentration of Fe2+ and lower concentration of H2O2 (2 times the stoichiometry) lead to a 50% recovery of the initial adsorption capacity during at least four consecutive cycles for L27, while about 20% or less for S23. In the consecutive continuous adsorption/batch Fenton oxidation process, the regeneration efficiency reaches 30−40% for L27 after two cycles whatever the feed concentration and less than 10% for S23. A photo-Fenton test performed on L27 shows almost complete mineralization (contrary to “dark” Fenton) and further improves recovery of AC adsorption capacity although not complete (56% after two cycles).

Item Type:Article
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - INPT
Université de Toulouse > Université Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III - UPS
Other partners > Universidade de São Paulo - USP (BRAZIL)
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Deposited By: Audrey LEFEVRE

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