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Light-assisted decomposition of dyes over iron-bearing soil clays in the presence of H2O2
Journal of Hazardous Materials
  • Zhaohui Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Wanhong Ma, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Chuncheng Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Jincai Zhao, Chinese Academy of Sciences
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Four types of soil clays from different sites in China have been chosen to simulate chemical remediation of soils contaminated with dyes by light-assisted Fenton-like method. X-Ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) and electron spin resonance (ESR) measurements indicated that these soil clays contain iron oxides such as magnetite and hematite, where nondistorted iron active sites (ESR spectra, g = 2.3) predominate. Upon visible or UV irradiation, the soil clays were very effective for the degradation of nonbiodegradable cationic dyes such as Rhodamine B (RhB) by activating H2O2 at neutral pH. The photodegradation rates of RhB were closely related to total Fe content in clays and H2O2 dosage, indicating the mineral-catalyzed Fenton-like reactions operated. Soil organic matters (SOM) would remarkably inhibit the photodecomposition of RhB dye. The reaction products were some low-molecular-weight dicarboxylic acids and their derivatives, all of which are easily biodegradable. A possible mechanism was proposed based on the results obtained by spin-trapping ESR technique.
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Wang, Z, Ma, W, Chen, C & Zhao, J 2009, 'Light-assisted decomposition of dyes over iron-bearing soil clays in the presence of H2O2', Journal of Hazardous Materials, vol. 168, no. 2-3, pp. 1246-1252.

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