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Journal of hazardous materials

A study on microwave oxidation of landfill leachate--contributions of microwave-specific effects.


PMID 23287411

Abstract

Microwave oxidation process (MOP) was evaluated for treatment of landfill leachate. The experimental parameters include pH, temperature, oxidant doses, microwave power setting, and irradiation time. The study explored the microwave-specific effects of the MOP. The contributions of pure thermal, persulfate oxidation and microwave irradiation on TOC removal were quantified. It was then found the combinations of them were usually synergistic in MOP except two of them were antagonistic (128 W/85°C/1M Na(2)S(2)O(8) and 128 W/85°C/2M Na(2)S(2)O(8)). At the highest temperature tested (85°C) in this study, microwave irradiation may cause generation and termination of oxidizing radicals at adverse rates. The study also found that persulfate decayed rapidly in either MOP or conventional heating oxidation (CHO) treatment of landfill leachate.