Kinetic study and optimization of electro-Fenton process for dissolution and mineralization of ion exchange resins

Tzu Han Cheng, Chun Ping Huang, Yao-Hui Huang, Yu Jen Shih

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Spent ion exchange resins have become a crucial radioactive solid waste from the nuclear industry. Developing effective and safe disposal methods as alternatives to the present cementation method remains challenging. This investigation demonstrates the treatment of a mixed resin (sulfonated and quaternary ammonium polystyrene beads with a weight ratio of 40%:60%) by the electro-Fenton process. Mesh-type titanium metal that was coated with IrO2/RuO2 (Ti-DSA) was used as the anode and a stainless steel net was used as the cathode. The conversion of resins to soluble fragments and the removal of total organic carbon reached 92% and 99.4%, respectively, under conditions of solid loading = 40g L−1, pH 2, applied current = 2 A, H2O2 flow rate = 1.2 mL min−1, FeSO4 = 20 mM at 85 °C. A pseudo first-order kinetic model of consecutive reactions specified that the efficacy of the electro-Fenton depended strongly on the slowly generated styrene in the aqueous phase by H2O2 and strong acid, which was rapidly mineralized by the hydroxyl radicals. The electro-Fenton process with reused iron catalyst was effective for treating ion exchange resin for at least for three runs, greatly reducing the volume of waste resin liquid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)954-962
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 15


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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