An upgraded electro-Fenton treatment of wastewater using nanoclay-embedded graphene composite prepared via exfoliation of pencil rods by submerged liquid plasma

Jaganathan Senthilnathan, Ambika Selvaraj, Sherif A. Younis, Ki Hyun Kim, Masahiro Yoshimura

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Abstract

In this work, two types of electrochemical electrodes were synthesized using two types (i.e., 4 black (4B) and hard black (HB)) of pencil rods during submerged liquid plasma (SLP) process. At high potential (3 kV) electrons, the SLP process offered an effective exfoliation route for the disorientation of the graphite sp2 domain to produce two nanoclay-graphene composite electrodes with a few graphene layers (thickness = 4–9 layers) and high dispersibility (< 19% settlement: 4 h) in polar/non-polar solution (52–53.1% settlement: 4 h). Their performance was then evaluated towards the electro-Fenton (EF) degradation of lindane using a coated Fe3O4 plate (as Fenton catalyst). Accordingly, both 4B- and HB-ENcGe electrodes showed high specific capacitance values (473 and 363 F g−1) at 0.05 A g−1 and excellent triangular charge-discharge patterns (< 9% and 35% reduction of capacitance, respectively after 1000 cycles (charging rate: 0.2 A g-1)). At pH 3 and current density of 6.5 mA cm-2, 4B-ENcGe exhibited superior EF degradation performance (99.4% after 60 min) against 2.5 mg L-1 lindane (H2O2 generation capacity: 2.53 mmol. h−1, current efficiency: 89.4%, and stability: up to 5th cycles). The complete EF-based mineralization of lindane suggests that these electrodes should offer one-step cost-effective treatment for wastewater contaminants.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122788
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Volume397
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Oct 5

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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