Mineralization of desmetryne by electrochemical advanced oxidation processes using a boron-doped diamond anode and an oxygen-diffusion cathode.

PMID 21996652


The mineralization of acidic aqueous solutions of the herbicide desmetryne has been studied by electrochemical advanced oxidation processes (EAOPs) such as anodic oxidation with electrogenerated H(2)O(2) (AO-H(2)O(2)), electro-Fenton (EF) and photoelectro-Fenton (PEF) with UVA light. Electrolyses were conducted in an open and cylindrical cell with a boron-doped diamond (BDD) anode and an O(2)-diffusion cathode for H(2)O(2) generation. The main oxidizing species are ()OH radicals formed at the BDD surface in all treatments and in the bulk from Fenton's reaction between added Fe(2+) and electrogenerated H(2)O(2) in EF and PEF. A poor mineralization was attained using AO-H(2)O(2) by the slow oxidation of persistent by-products with ()OH at the BDD surface. The synergistic action of ()OH in the bulk enhanced the degradation rate in EF, although almost total mineralization was only achieved in PEF due to the additional ()OH generation and photolysis of intermediates by UVA irradiation. The effect of current, pH and herbicide concentration on the mineralization degree and mineralization current efficiency of each EAOP was examined. Desmetryne decay always followed a pseudo first-order kinetics, being more rapidly destroyed in the sequence AO-H(2)O(2)