Chemical Engineering and Processing, Vol.47, No.12, 2361-2369, 2008
Photo-Fenton removal of water-soluble polymers
This paper presents the results of experiments carried out in a laboratory-scale photochemical reactor on the photodegradation of different polymers in aqueous solutions by the photo-Fenton process. Solutions of three polymers, polyethyleneglicol (PEG), polyacrylamide (PAM), and polyvinylpyrrolidone(PVP), were tested under different. conditions. The reaction progress was evaluated by sampling and analyzing the total organic carbon concentration in solution (TOC) along the reaction time. The behavior of the different polymers is discussed, based oil the evolution of the TOC-time curves. Under specific reaction conditions, the formation and coalescence of solid particles was Visually observed. Solids formation occurred simultaneously to a sharp decrease in the TOC of the liquid phase. This may be favorable for the treatment of industrial wastewater containing polymers, since the photodegradation process can be Coupled with solid separation systems. which may reduce the treatment cost. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords:Photodegradation;Polymers;Photo-Fenton process;Industrial wastewater;Polyethyleneglicol (PEG);Polyacrylamide (PAM);Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)