Author(s): Matta R, Hanna K, Chiron S
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Abstract Degradation of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) was investigated in presence of different oxidants (Fenton's reagent, sodium persulfate, peroxymonosulfate and potassium permanganate) and different iron minerals (ferrihydrite, hematite, goethite, lepidocrocite, magnetite and pyrite) either in aqueous solution or in soil slurry systems. Fenton's reagent was the only oxidant able to degrade TNT in solution (k(app)=0.0348 min(-1)). When using iron oxide as heterogeneous catalyst at pH 3, specific reaction rate constants per surface area were k(surf)=1.47.10(-3) L min(-1) m(-2) and k(surf)=0.177 L min(-1) m(-2) for magnetite and pyrite, respectively while ferric iron minerals were inefficient for TNT degradation. The major asset of iron mineral catalyzed Fenton-like treatment has been the complete oxidation of the pollutant avoiding the accumulation of possible toxic by-products. In soil slurry systems, 38\% abatement of the initial TNT concentration (2 g/kg) was reached after 24 h treatment time at neutral pH. Rate limiting steps were the availability of soluble iron at neutral pH together with desorption of the TNT fraction sorbed on the clay mineral surfaces.
This article was published in Sci Total Environ
and referenced in Anatomy & Physiology: Current Research