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Catalytic wet air oxidation of 2-chlorophenol over sewage sludge-derived carbon-based catalysts

Tu, Yuting, Xiong, Ya, Tian, Shuanghong, Kong, Lingjun, Descorme, Claude
Journal of hazardous materials 2014 v.276 pp. 88-96
2-chlorophenol, X-ray diffraction, air, carbon, catalysts, catalytic activity, elemental composition, filtration, iron, iron oxides, leaching, oxidation, oxygen, pH, scanning electron microscopy, sewage, sewage sludge, surface area
A sewage sludge derived carbon-supported iron oxide catalyst (FeSC) was prepared and used in the Catalytic Wet Air Oxidation (CWAO) of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP). The catalysts were characterized in terms of elemental composition, surface area, pHPZC, XRD and SEM. The performances of the FeSC catalyst in the CWAO of 2-CP was assessed in a batch reactor operated at 120°C under 0.9MPa oxygen partial pressure. Complete decomposition of 2-CP was achieved within 5h and 90% Total Organic Carbon (TOC) was removed after 24h of reaction. Quite a straight correlation was observed between the 2-CP conversion, the amount of iron leached in solution and the pH of the reaction mixture at a given reaction time, indicating a strong predominance of the homogeneous catalysis contribution. The iron leaching could be efficiently prevented when the pH of the solution was maintained at values higher than 4.5, while the catalytic activity was only slightly reduced. Upon four successive batch CWAO experiments, using the same FeSC catalyst recovered by filtration after pH adjustment, only a very minor catalyst deactivation was observed. Finally, based on all the identified intermediates, a simplified reaction pathway was proposed for the CWAO of 2-CP over the FeSC catalyst.