Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 48–56 | Cite as

Kinetic study and hydrogen peroxide consumption of phenolic compounds oxidation by Fenton’s reagent

  • Ana de Luis
  • José Ignacio Lombraña
  • Fernando Varona
  • Amaia Menéndez
Catalysis, Reaction Engineering, Industrial Chemistry


Synthetic solutions of phenol, o-, m- and p-cresol were oxidised by using Fenton’s reagent. The application of substoichiometric dosage of H2O2 led to the formation of intermediate compounds, continuing later the oxidation to complete oxidation. An important objective was to analyze the effect of hydrogen peroxide dosage applied and the reaction pH together with the iron oxidation state on the degradation level. A kinetic model was derived from a reaction mechanism postulated which was used to analyze the results of the experiments. Another aim was to analyze the hydrogen peroxide consumption. Noteworthy results include an increase in oxidant consumption to intensify phenol removal. Furthermore, oxidant consumption was analyzed through the ratio H2O2 to phenol removed and the average specific rate of removal (ASRR). By analyzing these two parameters it has been possible to ascertain the most favorable strategy for an efficient application of H2O2.

Key words

Fenton Phenol Cresols Hydrogen Peroxide 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana de Luis
    • 1
  • José Ignacio Lombraña
    • 2
  • Fernando Varona
    • 2
  • Amaia Menéndez
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering and EnvironmentUniversity of the Basque CountryBilbaoSpain
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of the Basque CountryBilbaoSpain

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