Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 7–16

Kinetic modelling of the electrochemical mineralization of organic pollutants for wastewater treatment

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10800-007-9365-6

Cite this article as:
Kapałka, A., Fóti, G. & Comninellis, C. J Appl Electrochem (2008) 38: 7. doi:10.1007/s10800-007-9365-6


The electrochemical mineralization of organic pollutants is a new technology for treatment of dilute wastewater (COD < 5 g L−1). In this method, use of the electrical energy can produce complete oxidation of pollutants on high oxidation power anodes. An ideal anode for this type of treatment is a boron-doped diamond electrode (BDD) characterized by a high reactivity towards oxidation of organics. In the present work kinetic aspects of organic mineralization is discussed. The proposed theoretical kinetic model on boron-doped diamond anodes is in excellent agreement with experimental results. In addition economic aspects of electrochemical organic mineralization are reported.


Boron-doped diamond electrode Electrochemical mineralization Organic pollutants Wastewater Kinetic model 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Chemical Sciences and EngineeringEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland

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