The electrochemical removal of an aqueous solution containing 0.25 mM of methylene blue (MB), one of the most important thiazine dye, has been investigated by electro-Fenton process using a graphite-felt cathode to electrogenerate in situ hydrogen peroxide and regenerate ferrous ions as catalyst. The effect of operating conditions such as applied current, catalyst concentration, and initial dye content on MB degradation has been studied. MB removal and mineralization were monitored during the electrolysis by UV–Vis analysis and TOC measurements. The experimental results showed that MB was completely removed by the reaction with •OH radicals generated from electrochemically assisted Fenton’s reaction, and in any conditions the decay kinetic always follows a pseudo-first-order reaction. The faster MB oxidation rate was obtained applying a current of 300 mA, with 0.3 mM Fe2+at T=35 °C. In these conditions, 0.25 mM MB was completely removed in 45 min and the initial TOC was removed in 90 min of electrolysis, meaning the almost complete mineralization of the organic content of the treated solution.

Application of electro-fenton process for the treatment of methylene blue

Clematis, D.;Barbucci, A.;Carpanese, M. P.;Delucchi, M.;Cerisola, G.;Panizza, M.
2018

Abstract

The electrochemical removal of an aqueous solution containing 0.25 mM of methylene blue (MB), one of the most important thiazine dye, has been investigated by electro-Fenton process using a graphite-felt cathode to electrogenerate in situ hydrogen peroxide and regenerate ferrous ions as catalyst. The effect of operating conditions such as applied current, catalyst concentration, and initial dye content on MB degradation has been studied. MB removal and mineralization were monitored during the electrolysis by UV–Vis analysis and TOC measurements. The experimental results showed that MB was completely removed by the reaction with •OH radicals generated from electrochemically assisted Fenton’s reaction, and in any conditions the decay kinetic always follows a pseudo-first-order reaction. The faster MB oxidation rate was obtained applying a current of 300 mA, with 0.3 mM Fe2+at T=35 °C. In these conditions, 0.25 mM MB was completely removed in 45 min and the initial TOC was removed in 90 min of electrolysis, meaning the almost complete mineralization of the organic content of the treated solution.
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