Comparison of Five Advanced Oxidation Processes for Degradation of Pesticide in Aqueous Solution

*Augustine Chioma Affam  -  Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering and Technology, University College of Technology Sarawak, 96000, Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia
Malay Chaudhuri  -  Department of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar, 31750 Tronoh, Perak, Malaysia
Shamsul Rahman M. Kutty  -  Department of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar, 31750 Tronoh, Perak, Malaysia
Received: 26 Jul 2017; Revised: 26 Sep 2017; Accepted: 27 Sep 2017; Published: 2 Apr 2018; Available online: 22 Jan 2018.
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The study compared the technical efficiency and economic cost of five advanced oxidation processes (Fenton, UV photo-Fenton, solar photo-Fenton, UV/TiO2/H2O2 and FeGAC/H2O2) for degradation of the pesticides chlorpyrifos cypermethrin and chlorothalonil in aqueous solution. The highest degradation in terms of COD and TOC removals and improvement of the biodegradability (BOD5/COD ratio) index (BI) were observed to be (i) Fenton - 69.03% (COD), 55.61% (TOC), and 0.35 (BI); (ii) UV photo-Fenton -78.56% (COD), 63.76% (TOC) and 0.38 (BI);  (iii) solar photo-Fenton - 74.19% (COD), 58.32% (TOC) and 0.36 (BI); (iv) UV/TiO2/H2O2 - 53.62% (COD), 21.54% (TOC), and 0.26 (BI); and  (v) the most technical efficient and cost effective process was FeGAC/H2O2. At an optimum condition (FeGAC 5 g/L, H2O2 100 mg/L, and reaction time of 60 min at pH 3), the COD and TOC removal efficiency were 96.19 and 85.60%, respectively, and the biodegradation index was 0.40. The degradation rate constant and cost were 0.0246 min-1 and $0.74/kg TOC, respectively. The FeGAC/H2O2 process is the most technically efficient and cost effective for pretreatment of the pesticide wastewater before biological treatment. Copyright © 2018 BCREC Group. All rights reserved

Received: 26th July 2017; Revised: 26nd September 2017; Accepted: 27th September 2017; Available online: 22nd January 2018; Published regularly: 2nd April 2018

How to Cite: Affam, A.C., Chaudhuri, M., Kutty, S.R.M. (2018). Comparison of Five Advanced Oxidation Processes for Degradation of Pesticide in Aqueous Solution. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 13 (1): 179-186 (doi:10.9767/bcrec.13.1.1394.179-186)


Keywords: Fenton; UV photo-Fenton; Solar photo-Fenton; UV/TiO2/H2O2; FeGAC/H2O2; Pesticide; biodegradability index (BI)

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