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Treatment of Aqueous Bromate by Superparamagnetic BiOCl-Mediated Advanced Reduction Process

Institute of Municipal Engineering, College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
Institute of Port, Coastal and Offshore Engineering, Ocean College, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
Environmental Engineering, Jiyang College of Zhejiang A & F University, Zhuji 311800, China
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Academic Editors: Giuseppe Marcì and Elisa I. García-López
Catalysts 2017, 7(5), 131;
Received: 22 March 2017 / Revised: 26 April 2017 / Accepted: 27 April 2017 / Published: 1 May 2017
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Bromate ( BrO 3 ) contamination in drinking water is a growing concern. Advanced reduction processes (ARPs) are reportedly promising in relieving this concern. In this work, UV/superparamagnetic BiOCl (BiOCl loaded onto superparamagnetic hydroxyapatite) assisted with small molecule carboxylic acid (formate, citrate, and acetate), a carboxyl anion radical ( CO 2 )-based ARP, was proposed to eliminate aqueous BrO 3 . Formate and citrate were found to be ideal CO 2 precursor, and the latter was found to be safe for practical use. BrO 3 (10 μg·L−1, WHO guideline for drinking water) can be completely degraded within 3 min under oxygen-free conditions. In this process, BrO 3 degradation was realized by the reduction of CO 2 (major role) and formyloxyl radical (minor role) in bulk solution. The formation mechanism of radicals and the transformation pathway of BrO 3 were proposed based on data on electron paramagnetic resonance monitoring, competitive kinetics, and degradation product analysis. The process provided a sustainable decontamination performance (<5% deterioration for 10 cycles) and appeared to be more resistant to common electron acceptors (O2, NO 3 , and Fe3+) than hydrated electron based-ARPs. Phosphate based-superparamagnetic hydroxyapatite, used to support BiOCl in this work, was believed to be applicable for resolving the recycling problem of other metal-containing catalyst. View Full-Text
Keywords: bromate; carboxyl anion radical; reduction; magnetic recovering bromate; carboxyl anion radical; reduction; magnetic recovering

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Liu, X.; Wang, L.; Sun, Z.; Shao, Y.; Yu, T. Treatment of Aqueous Bromate by Superparamagnetic BiOCl-Mediated Advanced Reduction Process. Catalysts 2017, 7, 131.

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