Phenol removal through chemical oxidation using Fenton reagent

Yavuz Y., Koparal A. S., Ogutveren U. B.

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY, vol.30, no.5, pp.583-586, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/ceat.200600377
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.583-586
  • Keywords: organic pollution, oxidation, phenol, ELECTROCHEMICAL OXIDATION, WASTE-WATER, REACTOR, ANODES
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, phenol, aromatic, and non-biodegradable organic matter were investigated and found to be removed from the model solution through chemical oxidation using Fenton reagent. The effects of the initial phenol concentration, hydrogen peroxide, and ferrous sulfate concentrations on the removal efficiency were investigated. Performance of the chemical oxidation process was monitored with phenol and COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) analyses. In the experimental studies, phenol removal of over 98 % and COD removal of nearly 70 % were achieved. The optimum conditions for Fenton reaction both for initial phenol concentrations of 200 and 500 mg/L were found at a ratio [Fe2+]/[H2O2] (mol/mol) equal to 0.11. According to the results, chemical oxidation using Fenton reagent was found to be too effective, especially for phenol removal. However, this method has limited removal efficiency for COD.