Degradation of organic pollutants by ZnMn2O4/organic acid system: Identification of active species

Fang Zhu, Jianxin Chen, Jianfeng Ma, Sridhar Komarneni

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Nanoparticles of ZnMn2O4 (ZMO) were synthesized by a hydrothermal method and were used in the degradation of organic pollutants with the aid of several organic acids. The degradation efficiency of ZMO significantly increased in the presence of organic acids. The degradation rate of orange II was about 99.8% in 30 min by ZMO/formic acid system, and its quasi-first-order degradation kinetic rate constant was 0.4112 min−1. The mechanism of degradation was hypothesized and verified by identification of active species. This study might lead to an advanced oxidation technology for the degradation of organic contaminants based on Mn(III) as the active species with strong oxidizing ability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number129725
JournalMaterials Letters
StatePublished - Jun 15 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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