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Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 21, Issue 8, pp 703-708

Anodic oxidation of phenol for waste water treatment

  • Ch. ComninellisAffiliated withInstitute of Chemical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  • , C. PulgarinAffiliated withInstitute of Chemical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

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Abstract

The electrochemical oxidation of phenol for waste water treatment was studied at a platinum anode. Analysis of reaction intermediates and a carbon balance has shown that the reaction occurs by two parallel pathways; chemical oxidation with electrogenerated hydroxyl radicals and direct combustion of adsorbed phenol or/and its aromatic intermediates to CO2.