Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 21, Issue 8, pp 703–708

Anodic oxidation of phenol for waste water treatment

  • Ch. Comninellis
  • C. Pulgarin

DOI: 10.1007/BF01034049

Cite this article as:
Comninellis, C. & Pulgarin, C. J Appl Electrochem (1991) 21: 703. doi:10.1007/BF01034049


The electrochemical oxidation of phenol for waste water treatment was studied at a platinum anode. Analysis of reaction intermediates and a carbon balance has shown that the reaction occurs by two parallel pathways; chemical oxidation with electrogenerated hydroxyl radicals and direct combustion of adsorbed phenol or/and its aromatic intermediates to CO2.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ch. Comninellis
    • 1
  • C. Pulgarin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Chemical EngineeringSwiss Federal Institute of TechnologyLausanneSwitzerland

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