Title

Perchloroethylene (PCE) Oxidation by Percarbonate in Fe2+- Catalyzed Aqueous Solution: PCE Performance and Its Removal Mechanism

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Publication Title

Chemosphere

DOI

10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.09.065

ISSN

0045-6535

Abstract

The performance of Fe2+-catalyzed sodium percarbonate (SPC) stimulating the oxidation of perchloroethylene (PCE) in groundwater remediation was investigated. The experimental results showed that PCE could be completely oxidized in 5min at 20°C with a Fe2+/SPC/PCE molar ratio of 8/8/1, indicating the effectiveness of Fe2+-catalyzed SPC oxidation for PCE degradation. Fe2+-catalyzed SPC oxidation was suitable for the nearly neutral pH condition, which was superior to the conventional Fenton oxidation in acidic condition. In addition, the investigations by using hydroxyl radical scavengers and free radical probe compounds elucidated that PCE was degraded mainly by hydroxyl radical (HO) oxidation in Fe2+/SPC system. In conclusion, Fe2+-catalyzed SPC oxidation is a highly promising technique for PCE-contaminated groundwater remediation, but more complex constituents in groundwater should be carefully considered for its practical application.

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