Oxidative destruction of organic compounds in water streams could significantly reduce environmental effects associated with discharging waste. We report the development of a process to oxidise phenol in aqueous solutions, a model for waste stream contaminants, using Fenton’s reactions combined with in situ synthesised H2O2. Bi-functional Pd-Fe supported catalysts, where Pd is responsible for H2O2 synthesis while Fe ensures the production of reactive oxygen species required for the degradation of phenol to less toxic species is reported. A comparison is made between in situ generated and commercial H2O2 and the effect of phenol degradation products on catalyst stability is explored.
Underhill, R., Lewis, R. J., Freakley, S. J., Douthwaite, M., Miedziak, P. J., Akdim, O., Edwards, J. K., & Hutchings, G. J. (2018). Oxidative Degradation of phenol using in-situ generated H2O2 combined with Fenton’s process. Johnson Matthey Technology Review, 62(4), 417-425. https://doi.org/10.1595/205651318X15302623075041