Ozonolysis of organic compounds in a two‐phase fluorocarbon‐water system

Frank A. Stich, D. Bhattacharyya

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Ozone, due to its characteristics as a powerful oxidant, has found use in the destruction of toxic organic compounds in wastewater. Its use has been limited however, because of ozone's rapid decomposition and low solubility in water. The ozonation process may be more efficiently carried out in a two‐phase system. The second phase consists of a reusable, fluorinated hydrocarbon, with an ozone solubility of 12–14 times that of water. The fluorinated solvent serves as both an ozone source and a non‐aqueous phase in which the oxidation occurs. With this novel two‐phase process, it is also possible to perform selective oxidation. The experimental results are presented for organic compounds such as phenol, naphthol, etc. The extent of degradation is measured in terms of pH changes, HPLC, and TOC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-229
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Progress
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1987

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