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Trichloroethylene Degradation by Various Forms of Iron Activated Persulfate Oxidation with or without the Assistance of Ascorbic Acid

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posted on 2016-02-07, 00:00 authored by Ya-Ting Lin, Chenju Liang, Chun-Wei Yu
The oxidation of trichloroethylene (TCE), by Fe2+ activated persulfate (PS) to generate the sulfate radical (SO4–•) is limited due to the scavenging of SO4–• by excess Fe2+. This study focused on evaluating the potential for TCE oxidative degradation by iron activated persulfate (IAP) (including soluble iron and solid iron minerals), with the assistance of ascorbic acid (AsA). AsA, a water-soluble two-proton donor, may act as a reductant and a chelator, which may reduce iron oxides or complex soluble iron for PS activation. The results indicated that PS oxidation and various types of iron (Fe2+, Fe3+, FeOOH, Fe2O3) activated PS are able to degrade TCE in the presence or absence of AsA and are dependent upon the PS concentrations applied. Furthermore, the TCE degradation could be accelerated in the iron minerals activated PS system with the assistance of AsA. In addition, synthesized iron minerals with higher specific surface area resulted in a higher PS activation efficiency (i.e., lower PS consumption) and exhibited a higher degree of TCE degradation than that observed in commercial iron minerals activated PS systems.