Dependence of bisphenol A photodegradation on the initial concentration of oxalate in the lepidocrocite-oxalate complex system.J Environ Sci (China). 2006; 18(4):777-82.JE
To understand the degradation of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in natural environment with existence of iron oxides and carboxylic acids, the dependence of bisphenol A (BPA) photodegradation on the initial concentration of oxalate (COX) in lepidocrocite (gamma-FeOOH) aqueous suspension was investigated under both UV and visible lights in this study. Lepidocrocite powder was home-prepared by a hydrothermal process. It was found that BPA degradation was promoted greatly in the presence of oxalate owing to the formation of lepidocrocite-oxalate complex. And there was an optimal COX, which was 2.0 and 2.4 mmol/L, under UV and visible lights, respectively. The first-order kinetic constant, k value increased 38 times from 0.17 x 10(-2) min(-1) in the absence of oxalate to 6.39 x 10(-2) min(-1) in the presence of oxalate with an optimal COX (2.0 mmol/L) under UV irradiation, and almost 306 times from 0.02 x 10(-2) min(-1) in the absence of oxalate to 6.11 x 10(-2) min(-1) in the presence of oxalate with an optimal COX (2.4 mmol/L) under visible irradiation. The BPA degradation rate increased and the first-order kinetic constants decreased with the increase in BPA initial concentration. The dependence of the variation of pH value, total-Fe and Fe2+ during the photoreaction on COX was also investigated. The pH value increased obviously with the reaction time. Total-Fe increased dramatically at the first 5 min and then decreased quickly under UV irradiation and slowly under visible irradiation. The initial concentration of oxalate is a main factor to affect BPA photodegradation in aqueous suspension under both UV and visible lights.