MASSA paola Andrea
Efficient catalytic wet peroxide oxidation of phenol at moderate temperature using a high-load supported copper catalyst
NATALIA INCHAURRONDO; PAOLA MASSA; ROSA FENOGLIO; JOSEP FONT; PATRICIA HAURE
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL
ELSEVIER SCIENCE SA
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2012 vol. 198 p. 426 - 434
The use of hydrogen peroxide as the oxidizing agent in the presence of acatalyst (CatalyticWetPeroxideOxidation, CWPO) has emerged as a clean and effective alternative among other catalyticoxidation processes. The objective of this study is to evaluate the CWPO of phenol solutions using ahigh-load CuO/Al2O3catalyst, which allows maintaining ahigh activity and efficiency compared to homogeneous copper, also overcoming secondary effluent contamination. The catalyticoxidation of aqueous phenol solutions using H2O2 as oxidizing agent and a home-made CuO/Al2O3catalyst was studied in a batchwise slurry reactor. The applied H2O2:phenol molar ratio was only nearly 30% higher than the stoichiometric ratio. Experiments were performed at temperatures between 303 and 343 K using different catalyst loads. Phenol disappearance and TOC reduction were monitored throughout the reaction time. Both phenol and TOC conversions were larger as temperature and catalyst load increased, following the higher hydrogen peroxide decomposition rates achieved. At the highestcatalystload and temperature, complete phenol conversion and ca. 80% TOC removal was achieved. Catalyst performance in terms of phenol and TOC disappearance was maintained after 12 h of usage. Although there is evidence of some copper leaching from the catalyst, the homogeneous contribution to the overall activity is marginal.