Towards the complete dechlorination of chloroacetic acids in water by sonoelectrochemical methods: Effect of the anodic material on the degradation of trichloroacetic acid and its by-products

María Deseada Esclapez, Ignacio Tudela, María Isabel Díez-García, Verónica Sáez, Astrid Rehorek, Pedro Bonete*, José González-García

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The total dechlorination of chloroacetic acids in aqueous solutions has been achieved using high-frequency sonoelectrochemical methods. Compared to previous studies, the sonoelectrochemical degradation efficiency was found to be dependent on the ultrasonic frequency and electrodes used. Fractional conversions for trichloroacetic acid and its chlorinated by-products higher than 95% and degradation efficiencies higher than 50% were achieved in all cases where high-frequency sonoelectrochemical experiments were conducted in absence of a background electrolyte. The best results were obtained using lead dioxide as anode and steel as cathode, where both the fractional conversion and degradation efficiency resulted higher than 99.5%. The use of the electricity as unique reactant and the appearing mineralization of the trichloroacetic acids and its by-products make the sonoelectrochemical technology a serious alternative to current technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-241
Number of pages11
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Volume197
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Chloroacetic acids
  • Dechlorination
  • Lead dioxide
  • Mineralization
  • Sonoelectrochemistry

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