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Anodic oxidation of aniline for waste water treatment


The electro-oxidation of dilute aqueous solutions of aniline was studied on a lead dioxide packed bed anode. The anolyte consisted of 400 ml of 5.5 mM aniline in dilute sulphuric acid. The anolyte was recirculated through a packed bed electrochemical reactor with an anode compartment volume of 5.0, at various flowrates. The concentrations of aniline, benzoquinone, maleic acid and carbon dioxide were measured against time for experiments ranging from 0.5 to 5.0h in duration. The effects of applied current, pH, flowrate and initial aniline concentration on the percentage of aniline oxidized and carbon dioxide produced are discussed. Aniline in the solution oxidized readily, but further oxidation of intermediates to carbon dioxide was more difficult. The percentage of aniline oxidized increased with increasing current density, while it decreased with increasing initial aniline concentration and pH. Current efficiencies ranged from 15 to 40% for complete oxidation of aniline to CO2.

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Kirk, D.W., Sharifian, H. & Foulkes, F.R. Anodic oxidation of aniline for waste water treatment. J Appl Electrochem 15, 285–292 (1985). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00620944

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  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Aniline
  • Benzoquinone
  • Sulphuric Acid