Efficient Anodic Degradation of Phenol Paired to Improved Cathodic Production of H2O2 at BDD Electrodes

Patricio J. Espinoza-Montero, Bernardo A. Frontana-Uribe, Ruben Vasquez-Medrano, Jorge G. Ibanez

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Electrochemical degradation of phenol (PhOH) with simultaneous reduction of O2(g) to H2O2 in acidic media was performed in an H-type divided cell (500 mL), separated with a cationic membrane (Nafion 424). Boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrodes were used as anode and cathode. The study was divided into three stages: (a) Electroanalytical study of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) to H2O2 by hydrodynamic linear-sweep voltammetry with a BDD-RDE in acidic and alkaline solutions; (b) galvanostatic ORR to H2O2 at BDD electrode in acidic solution (unpaired system); (c) pairing the anodic PhOH degradation with the H2O2 cathodic production at BDD electrodes. The best production of H2O2 under our conditions with the unpaired system was 250.1 mg L-1 at 1.5 mA cm-2 after 540 min of electrolysis, the highest reported to date for BDD electrode in acidic media. Total mineralization of 100 mg L-1 of PhOH in the paired system required a higher current density (i.e., 2.5 mA cm-2); in spite of this, the process is one order of magnitude faster than any electrochemical process previously reported.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)G3171-G3177
PublicaciónJournal of the Electrochemical Society
EstadoPublicada - ene. 2013
Publicado de forma externa


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