Rapid decolourization and mineralization of the azo dye C.I. Acid Red 14 by heterogeneous Fenton reaction

Rajaa Idel-aouad, Manuel Valiente, Abdlrani Yaacoubi, Boumediene Tanouti, Montserrat López-Mesas

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The decolourization and mineralization of a solution of an azo dye using a catalyst based on Fe(II) supported on Y Zeolite (Fe(II)-Y Zeolite) and adding hydrogen peroxide (heterogeneous Fenton process) have been studied. The catalyst was prepared by ion exchange, starting from a commercial ultra-stable Y Zeolite. All experiments were performed on a laboratory scale set-up. The effects of different parameters such as initial concentration of the dye, initial pH of the solution of the dye, H2O2 concentration, temperature and ratio of amount of catalyst by amount of solution on the decolourization efficiency of the process were investigated. A percentage of colour removal of 99.3±0.2% and a mineralization degree of 84±5% of the solution of the dye were achieved in only 6min of contact time between the catalyst and the solution, under the following conditions: initial concentration of the dye of 50ppm, pH 5.96, 8.7mM of H2O2, T of 80°C and catalyst concentration of 15g/L. Moreover, the catalyst Fe(II)-Y Zeolite can be easily filtered from the solution, does not leach any iron into the solution (avoiding any secondary contamination due to the metal) and its effectivity can be reproduced after consecutive experiments. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)745-750
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2011


  • C.I. Acid Red 14
  • Catalyst
  • Decolourization
  • Fe(II)-Y Zeolite
  • Heterogeneous Fenton
  • Mineralization


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