Wet scrubber coupled with heterogeneous UV/Fenton for enhanced VOCs oxidation over Fe/ZSM-5 catalyst.Chemosphere. 2019 Jul; 227:401-408.C
The traditional treatment processes for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) removal generally suffered several disadvantages, such as secondary air-pollutants. To overcome these issues, wet scrubber coupled with heterogeneous UV/Fenton was developed for gaseous VOCs (i.e. toluene) removal. ZSM-5 supported iron oxide (Fe/ZSM-5) was prepared as a multifunctional catalyst for activation of H2O2 and enhancement of gas-liquid mass transfer. Toluene was removed efficiently by this coupled process with the removal efficiency of 85% during 120 min. Many intermediates were detected in the solution by GC-MS while no intermediates were observed in the outlet gas, suggesting that wet scrubber coupled with heterogeneous UV/Fenton could significantly reduce secondary air pollutants. The possible mechanism of toluene oxidation was proposed including the physical adsorption by Fe/ZSM-5 and OH oxidation. This study provides an environmentally benign and highly efficient chemical scrubbing process for gaseous VOCs removal.