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Degradation of Nitrogen-Heterocyclic Compounds by Anodic Oxidation and Electro-Fenton Methods

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This study describes the degradation of nitrogen-heterocyclic compounds (NHCs) by anodic oxidation and electro-Fenton. Using indole as a model nitrogen-heterocyclic compound, the removal of indole reached 68% and 97% by anodic oxidation and electro-Fenton, respectively, while the decay of TOC was 15% and 38% correspondingly. By the analysis of ultraviolet-visible spectra and liquid chromatography/mass spectrum, the degradation mechanism of indole by electro-Fenton was proposed as hydroxyl oxidation and anodic oxidation. The degradation of other NHCs including quinoline, isoquinoline and pyridine by anodic oxidation and electro-Fenton revealed the same sequence: quinoline ≈ isoquinoline > indole ≫ pyridine. A significant correlation between ln k (natural logarithm of rate constants) and E LUMO (the energy of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbit) was obtained by quantitative structure-activity relationship analysis. Degradation of coking plant wastewater showed the removal of COD and TOC were 42% and 22% respectively after 180 min treatment by electro-Fenton.

Keywords: Anodic oxidation; Coking plant wastewater; Electro-Fenton; Nitrogen-heterocyclic compounds; Quantitative structure-activity relationship

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 2007

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