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Removal of herbicidal ionic liquids by electrochemical advanced oxidation processes combined with biological treatment

Abstract : Recently a new group of ionic liquids (ILs) with herbicidal properties has been proposed for use in agriculture. Owing to the design of specific physicochemical properties, this group, referred to as herbicidal ionic liquids (HILs), allows for reducing herbicide field doses. Several ILs comprising phenoxy herbicides as anions and quaternary ammonium cations have been synthesized and tested under greenhouse and field conditions. However, since they are to be introduced into the environment, appropriate treatment technologies should be developed in order to ensure their proper removal and avoid possible contamination. In this study, didecyldimethylammonium (4-chloro-2-methylphenoxy) acetate was selected as a model HIL to evaluate the efficiency of a hybrid treatment method. Electrochemical oxidation or electro-Fenton was considered as a pretreatment step, whereas biodegradation was selected as the secondary treatment method. Both processes were carried out in current mode, at 10 mA with carbon felt as working electrode. The efficiency of degradation, oxidation and mineralization was evaluated after 6 h. Both processes decreased the total organic carbon and chemical oxygen demand (COD) values and increased the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD5) on the COD ratio to a value close to 0.4, showing that the electrolyzed solutions can be considered as 'readily biodegradable.'
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Daria Pęziak-Kowalska, Florence Fourcade, Michał Niemczak, Abdeltif Amrane, Łukasz Chrzanowski, et al.. Removal of herbicidal ionic liquids by electrochemical advanced oxidation processes combined with biological treatment. Environmental Technology, Taylor & Francis: STM, Behavioural Science and Public Health Titles, 2017, 38 (9), pp.1093-1099. ⟨10.1080/09593330.2016.1217941⟩. ⟨hal-01501262⟩

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