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Advanced Electro‐Oxidation with Boron‐Doped Diamond for Acetaminophen Removal from Real Wastewater in a Microfluidic Reactor: Kinetics and Mass‐Transfer Studies

Abstract : The removal of hazardous organic micropollutants in municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) has become a common concern for public decision‐makers and stakeholders. An advanced electro‐oxidation with boron‐doped diamond (BDD) anode material is proposed to remove acetaminophen as a representative micropollutant in synthetic solution. A customized microfluidic reactor was run in batch mode, and the main operating parameters (i. e. current density, interelectrode distance and solution conductivity) were optimized by minimizing the energy requirement. An optimal current density of 4 mA cm−2 and an optimal interelectrode distance of 500 μm were newly obtained and explained. Mass transport limitation was observed at lower gaps, with a 3.4‐fold decrease in the mass transfer coefficient from 500 μm to 50 μm intervals. In addition, the kinetics of degradation decreased dramatically after a certain electrolysis time. This was attributed to the increase in gas bubble production with treatment time. An increase in the solution conductivity from 0.23 to 2.0 mS cm−1 increased the degradation rate efficiency twofold and decreased the specific energy from 0.88 to 0.17 kWh g−1 at 85 % acetaminophen decay yield. The influence of a real matrix from low‐conductivity reclaimed WWTP (0.86 mS cm−1) highlighted slightly lower kinetics of degradation, but similar energy efficiency until 60 % of pollutant degradation and higher energy efficiency than in conventional macro‐reactors.
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Emmanuel Mousset, Marta Puce, Marie-Noëlle Pons. Advanced Electro‐Oxidation with Boron‐Doped Diamond for Acetaminophen Removal from Real Wastewater in a Microfluidic Reactor: Kinetics and Mass‐Transfer Studies. ChemElectroChem, Weinheim : Wiley-VCH, 2019, 6 (11), pp.2908-2916. ⟨10.1002/celc.201900182⟩. ⟨hal-02270220⟩

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