Effect of pH on MnOx/GAC catalyzed ozonation for degradation of nitrobenzene

Jun Ma*, Minghao Sui, Tao Zhang, Chunyu Guan

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The effect of pH on MnOx/GAC heterogeneous catalytic ozonation was investigated. Nitrobenzene was used as a model refractory organic pollutant. It was found that in MnOx/GAC catalytic ozonation, the degradation efficiency of nitrobenzene was higher under low pH conditions (pH 2.74-3.52) than that under high pH conditions (pH 6.72-9.61). This result was different from the case of ozonation alone, in which higher pH had positive effect on the degradation of nitrobenzene due to the formation of hydroxyl radical. In the presence of MnOx/GAC catalyst, ozone decomposition was accelerated, and higher pH condition favored ozone decomposition. It was assumed that hydroxyl radicals might not be the dominating active species in the catalytic oxidation, for the presence of t-butanol did not have any influence on MnO x/GAC heterogeneous catalytic ozonation. Adsorption of organic micropollutants on MnOx/GAC catalyst was an important step and would have direct influence on the effectiveness of catalytic oxidation. It was assumed that the organic pollutants might be further decomposed on the surface of catalyst.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)779-786
Number of pages8
JournalWater research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption
  • MnO/GAC heterogeneous catalytic ozonation
  • Nitrobenzene
  • Ozone decomposition
  • pH
  • t-butanol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ecological Modeling
  • Pollution
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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