Haroldo A Ponte
Centro Politecnico Universidad Brazil
Associate Professor Federal University of Parana August 1995 - Present (20 years 10 months ) Leader of Applied Electrochemistry Group. Electrochemistry Laboratory Coordinator of Surface and Corrosion - LESC and Environmental Technology Laboratory - LTA
The concern for the removal of contaminants, such as hydrogen sulﬁde (H2S), during crude oil processing has been intensiﬁed. Sulfur compounds, such as dissociated H2S, are detected in the efﬂuents of process gas condensation and streams of acid water. The objective of this study is to apply electrochemical oxidation to neutralize H S in industrial efﬂuents. Tests were performed in a porous bed electrochemical reactor, which was composed of reticulated vitreous carbon. The oxidation process is direct and potentiostatically controlled, and the dissociated sulﬁde was oxidized to sulfate and/or thiosulfate, main product of the reaction. Figures of merit were constructed to evaluate the performance of electrochemical reactor under different hydrodynamic conditions, by varying the ﬂow rate, and overpotential, by varying the distance between the electrodes in the reactor. The ﬁgures of merit indicated that the best condition for the formation of thiosulfate occurred at the lowest ﬂow rate used, 1.05 L/h and at a greater distance between the electrodes, 60 mm.