Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 584–592 | Cite as

Environmentally friendly system for the degradation of multipesticide residues in aqueous media by the Fenton’s reaction

  • Bruno de S. Guimarães
  • Natiele Kleemann
  • Sergiane S. Caldas
  • Fabiane P. Costa
  • Maria A. K. Silveira
  • Fabio A. Duarte
  • Ednei G. Primel
Research Article


A Fenton oxidation system employing zero-valent iron (whose source was swarf, a residue of metallurgical industries, in powder form) and hydrogen peroxide for the treatment of an aqueous solution with six pesticides was developed, and the effect of the iron metal content, pH, and hydrogen peroxide concentration was evaluated. The characterization of the aqueous solution resulted in: pH 5.6, 105 mg L−1 of dissolved organic carbon, and 44.6 NTU turbidity. In addition, the characterization of the swarf by FAAS and ICP-MS showed 98.43 ± 7.40 % of zero-valent iron. The removal was strongly affected by the content of iron metal, pH, and hydrogen peroxide concentration. The best degradation conditions were 2.0 g swarf, pH 2.0, and 5 mmol L−1 H2O2. At the end of the treatment, the pesticide degradation ranged from 60 to 100 %, leading to 55 % mineralization. Besides, all hydrogen peroxide was consumed and the determination of total dissolved iron resulted in 2 mg L−1. Thus, the advantages of this system are rapid degradation (up to 20 min), high-degradation rates, simple handling, and low cost.


A Fenton oxidation system employing Fe0 (in which the source of Fe0 was swarf, a residue in powder form of metallurgical industries) and H2O2 for the degradation of synthetic wastewater comprising six pesticides was developed, and the effect of the amount of Fe0, pH, and H2O2 concentration was evaluated.


Environmentally friendly system Multipesticide degradation Zero-valent iron Fenton’s reaction 



The authors acknowledge the financial support and fellowships granted by the Brazilian agencies CAPES, FINEP, PETROBRAS, CORSAN and FURG. Part of this study was supported by a grant from the Brazilian Agency FAPERGS/CNPq (process number 010/0022‐0), CNPq/CAPES (process number 552318/2011‐6), CNPq (process number 477083/2011‐00), FAPERGS (process number 11/0816‐3), FAPERGS/PROCOREDES (process nº0905342), CAPES/PNPD (process number 23038.028239/2009‐69). E.G. Primel received a produc;vity research fellowship from the Brazilian Agency CNPq (DT 310517/2012‐5)

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ESM Table 1 Calibration curves and results of LOD and LOQ values obtained by LC-ESI-MS/MS(DOCX 11 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruno de S. Guimarães
    • 1
  • Natiele Kleemann
    • 1
  • Sergiane S. Caldas
    • 1
  • Fabiane P. Costa
    • 1
  • Maria A. K. Silveira
    • 1
  • Fabio A. Duarte
    • 1
  • Ednei G. Primel
    • 1
  1. 1.Post-graduation Program in Technological and Environmental Chemistry, Escola de Química e Alimentos, Laboratório de Análise de Compostos Orgânicos e Metais (LACOM)Universidade Federal do Rio GrandeRio GrandeBrazil

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