WATER RESEARCH, cilt.42, ss.2889-2898, 2008 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
This study aims the removal of a carbamate herbicide, propham, from aqueous solution by direct electrochemical advanced oxidation process using a boron-doped diamond (BDD) anode. This electrode produces large quantities of hydroxyl radicals from oxidation of water, which leads to the oxidative degradation of propham up to its total mineralization. Effect of operational parameters such as current, temperature, pH and supporting electrolyte on the degradation and mineralization rate was studied. The applied current and temperature exert a prominent effect on the total organic carbon (TOC) removal rate of the solutions. The mineralization of propham can be performed at any pH value between 3 and 11 without any loss in oxidation efficiency. The propham decay and its overall mineralization reaction follows a pseudo-first-order kinetics. The apparent rate constant value of propham oxidation was determined as 4.8 x 10(-4) s(-1) at 100 mA and 35 degrees C in the presence of 50 mM Na2SO4 in acidic media (pH: 3). A general mineralization sequence was proposed considering the identified oxidation intermediates. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.