Kinetic study of the electrochemical mineralization of phenols in thin-layer condition

Daniela Plana, Benjamin Scharifker, Jorge Mostany, Carlos Borras, Ronald Vargas

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Abstract

Electrochemical oxidation of p-nitrophenol (PNP) and p-methoxyphenol (PMP) at Bi-doped PbO2 electrodes under thin-layer condition was studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroelectrochemistry (FTIR) as a function of electrode potential and the initial concentration of organic compound. The results show that complete mineralization of the organic species was achieved at potentials more positive than 1.4 V vs. SCE and the mineralization process was not determined by the concentration of phenols. From the electric charge transferred during thin-layer controlled potential electrolysis, we found that PNP and PMP electrooxidation follow Langmuir–Hinshelwood kinetics.
Original languageEnglish
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Volume55
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2010

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