Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 108–112 | Cite as

Electrochemical oxidation of phenol for wastewater treatment using SnO2, anodes

  • Ch. Comninellis
  • C. Pulgarin


The electrochemical oxidation of phenol for waste water treatment was studied on doped SnO2 anodes. Analysis of reaction intermediates and a carbon balance has shown that the main reaction is oxidation of phenol to CO2. This unexpected behaviour of the SnO2 anode is explained by a change of the chemical structure of the electrode surface during anodic polarization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ch. Comninellis
    • 1
  • C. Pulgarin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Chemical EngineeringSwiss Federal Institute of TechnologieLausanneSwitzerland

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