Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 22, Issue 7, pp 5552–5562 | Cite as

Catalytic ozonation of petroleum refinery wastewater utilizing Mn-Fe-Cu/Al2O3 catalyst

  • Chunmao ChenEmail author
  • Brandon A. Yoza
  • Yandan Wang
  • Ping Wang
  • Qing X. Li
  • Shaohui Guo
  • Guangxu YanEmail author
Research Article


There is of great interest to develop an economic and high-efficient catalytic ozonation system (COS) for the treatment of biologically refractory wastewaters. Applications of COS require options of commercially feasible catalysts. Experiments in the present study were designed to prepare and investigate a novel manganese–iron–copper oxide-supported alumina-assisted COS (Mn–Fe–Cu/Al2O3–COS) for the pretreatment of petroleum refinery wastewater. The highly dispersed composite metal oxides on the catalyst surface greatly promoted the performance of catalytic ozonation. Hydroxyl radical mediated oxidation is a dominant reaction in Mn–Fe–Cu/Al2O3–COS. Mn–Fe–Cu/Al2O3–COS enhanced COD removal by 32.7 % compared with a single ozonation system and by 8–16 % compared with Mn–Fe/Al2O3–COS, Mn–Cu/Al2O3–COS, and Fe–Cu/Al2O3–COS. The O/C and H/C ratios of oxygen-containing polar compounds significantly increased after catalytic ozonation, and the biodegradability of petroleum refinery wastewater was significantly improved. This study illustrates potential applications of Mn–Fe–Cu/Al2O3–COS for pretreatment of biologically refractory wastewaters.


Petroleum refinery wastewater Catalytic ozonation Wastewater treatment Metal oxide catalyst 



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

Conflict of interest

The authors have declared that there is no conflict of interests that existed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chunmao Chen
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Brandon A. Yoza
    • 3
  • Yandan Wang
    • 1
  • Ping Wang
    • 1
  • Qing X. Li
    • 2
  • Shaohui Guo
    • 1
  • Guangxu Yan
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, Beijing Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Pollution ControlChina University of PetroleumBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  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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