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Title: H2O2 assisted degradation of antibiotic norfloxacin over simulated solar light mediated Bi2WO6 : kinetics and reaction pathway
Authors: Chen, M
Chu, W 
Keywords: Bi2WO6
H2O2
Kinetic model
Norfloxacin
Pathway
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Chemical engineering journal, 2016, v. 296, p. 310-318 How to cite?
Journal: Chemical engineering journal 
Abstract: Highly efficient treatment technologies are urgently needed to remove antibiotics which are widely present in aquatic environment and can pose harmful effects on water quality and human health. In this study, we developed an efficient simulated-solar-light driven photocatalytic process by combining Bi2WO6 and H2O2 reagent (SSL/Bi2WO6/H2O2 process) to degrade norfloxacin, an antibiotic agent widely used as a bactericide for the first time. It was found that the SSL/Bi2WO6/H2O2 process can significantly accelerate norfloxacin degradation rate. Moreover, the effects of initial norfloxacin concentration (0.05-0.30 mM), Bi2WO6 dosage (0.5-3.0 g/L), and hydrogen peroxide dosage (0.2-20.0 mM) were investigated and optimized. In most cases, the norfloxacin degradation followed two-stage pseudo first-order reaction kinetics: a fast first-stage (k1) followed by a slower second-stage (k2). The reaction kinetics was investigated in detail and the degradation models were built correspondingly in order to predict the decay of parent compound. The degradation pathway gave a clear illumination of norfloxacin's transformation and fate in our proposed process. It could be divided into two sub-pathways, and they were initiated by the attack of <sup/>OH on the benzene ring and piperazine ring, respectively. The high mineralization degree and absence of harmful intermediates suggested that the SSL/Bi2WO6/H2O2 is a fast and safe process.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/61256
ISSN: 1385-8947
DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2016.03.083
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