Electro Fenton removal of clopyralid in soil washing effluents

Abstract : The removal of a commercial herbicide, based on clopyralid, by means of Electro-Fenton (EF) was studied using a soil washing effluent obtained using synthetic ground water as washing fluid. From the results, it was observed that the degradation and mineralization yields of clopyralid were high, even without the addition of supporting electrolyte. The groundwater could be then used as a sustainable supporting electrolyte. The influence of the minerals constituents, the current and the ferrous ions regeneration was evaluated. The highest hydrogen peroxide production was achieved working at 200 mA but regeneration of ferrous ions was not efficient at this current. Iodide ions were one of the main responsible in the EF efficiency decrease due to their reaction with the produced hydrogen peroxide. Electrochemical study proved that clopyralid was not electroactive and that its degradation was mainly due to radical oxidation. Long duration electrolysis carried out at 200 mA in groundwater provided an improvement of the solution biodegradability after 480 min that can be linked to a significant increase in the carboxylic acids production. These results support the feasibility of applying an EF process in order to carry out a subsequent biological mineralization.
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María Belén Carboneras Contreras, Florence Fourcade, Aymen Assadi, Abdeltif Amrane, Francisco Jesus Fernandez-Morales. Electro Fenton removal of clopyralid in soil washing effluents. Chemosphere, 2019, 237, pp.124447. ⟨10.1016/j.chemosphere.2019.124447⟩. ⟨hal-02280865⟩

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