Young Researchers and Elite Club, Arak Branch, Islamic Azad University, Arak, Iran
In this project decolorization and mineralization of synthetic wastewater containing acid red 33 (AR33) was investigated by Fenton and photo Fenton processes in a batch photo reactor. A comparative assessment using Fenton and photo Fenton processes was performed after initial optimization studies such as varying pH, the concentration of pollutant, peroxide and iron. The color removal and mineralization efficiency of AR33 were calculated by Spectrophotometric and chemical oxygen demand (COD) tests. The degradation efficiency in photo Fenton process (98.5% in 10 min of reaction) was higher than Fenton ones (97.5% in 30 min). After 60 min of reaction, the removal of COD in photo Fenton and Fenton processes was 71% and 37.5%, respectively. Therefore, photo Fenton was the most effective process in partial mineralization of AR33. Kinetic constants were evaluated using pseudo first order equations to obtain the rate constant, K.