Kinetics studies of trichlorophenol destruction by chelate-based Fenton reaction

Yong Chao Li, Leonidas G. Bachas, Dibakar Bhattacharyya

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The use of hydroxyl radical-based reaction (Fenton reaction) for the destruction of organic pollutants has been widely reported in the literature. However, low pH requirement, precipitate formation problem, and rapid peroxide consumption rate make the application of conventional Fenton reaction difficult. A chelate-based Fenton reaction can prevent Fe(OH)3 (s) precipitation even at neutral pH condition and reduce the H2O 2 consumption rate by controlling Fe2+ concentration. The chelating agent combines with Fe2+ or Fe3+ to form stable metal-chelate complexes in solution. This decreases the concentration of Fe 2+ in the solution so that reactions can be carried for longer contact times. The major objective of this study was to establish the role of the chelating agent and to obtain oxidation rates for various reaction conditions using a model chlorinated organic compound. Experimental results (with citrate as chelating agent) for 2,4,6-trichlorophenol (TCP) showed that the TCP dechlorinations were highly effective even at pH values > 5. Although the main focus of this research is the application of monomeric chelate (such as citrate) in the Fenton reaction, the role of polymeric chelate (such as polyacrylic acid) has also been explored. Rate models for the chelate-based Fenton reaction were developed by adding the effects of iron chelation chemistry along with the well-known OH· formation and decomposition kinetics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)756-771
Number of pages16
JournalEnvironmental Engineering Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2005


  • Chelating agent
  • Metal-chelate complex
  • Monomeric chelate
  • Polymeric chelate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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