Manganese Sand Ore Is an Economical and Effective Catalyst for Ozonation of Organic Contaminants in Petrochemical Wastewater

  • Chunmao ChenEmail author
  • Brandon A. Yoza
  • Hongshuo Chen
  • Qing X. Li
  • Shaohui GuoEmail author


Catalytic ozonation process (COP) is a promising advanced oxidation process for petrochemical wastewater (PCW) treatment. However, the lack of economical and effective catalysts limits its application. Manganese sand ore (MSO) was utilized as a heterogeneous catalyst for ozonation of organic contaminants in PCW in this study. The calcined MSO-assisted COP (cMSO-COP) of aniline exhibited greater degradation than natural MSO-assisted COP or single ozonation process (SOP). The cMSO significantly promoted hydroxyl radical-mediated oxidation, decreased the ozonation activation energy by about 20 %, and doubled the reaction rates in comparison with SOP. The cMSO-COP increased the chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal of PCW twofold relative to SOP. The number of polar organic contaminants decreased by 50 % after cMSO-COP treatment. This study demonstrated the potential use of cMSO for efficient ozonation of petrochemical-derived contaminants at low cost.


Aniline Petrochemical wastewater Ozonation Catalyst Manganese sand ore 



This project was supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51209216). C.C. was supported by the scholarship from China Scholarship Council.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, Beijing Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Pollution ControlChina University of PetroleumBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Molecular Biosciences and BioengineeringUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA
  3. 3.Hawaii Natural Energy InstituteUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA

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