Degradation of some biorecalcitrant pesticides by homogeneous and heterogeneous photocatalytic ozonation

Maria José Farré, Maria Isabel Franch, Sixto Malato, José Antonio Ayllón, José Peral, Xavier Doménech

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Photo-Fenton/ozone (PhFO) and TiO2-photocatalysis/ozone (PhCO) coupled systems are used as advanced oxidation processes for the degradation of the following biorecalcitrant pesticides: alachlor, atrazine, chlorfenvinfos, diuron, isoproturon and pentachlorophenol. These organic compounds are considered Priority Hazardous Substances by the Water Framework Directive of the European Commission. The degradation process of the different pesticides, that occurs through oxidation of the organic molecules by means of their reaction with generated OH radical, follows a first and zero-order kinetics, when PhFO and PhCO are applied, respectively. These two Advanced Oxidation Processes, together with the traditional ozone + UV, have been used to investigate TOC reduction of the different pesticide aqueous solutions. The best results of pesticide mineralization are obtained when PhFO is applied; with the use of this advanced oxidation process the aqueous pesticide solutions become detoxyfied except in the case of atrazine and alachlor aqueous solutions for which no detoxification is achieved at the experimental conditions used in the work, at least after 2 and 3 h of treatment, respectively. © 2004 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1127-1133
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2005


  • Ozone coupling
  • Pesticide degradation
  • Photo-Fenton
  • TiO -photocatalysis 2


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