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Type: Journal article
Title: N-doped graphitic biochars from C-phycocyanin extracted Spirulina residue for catalytic persulfate activation toward nonradical disinfection and organic oxidation
Author: Ho, S.
Chen, Y.
Li, R.
Zhang, C.
Ge, Y.
Cao, G.
Ma, M.
Duan, X.
Wang, S.
Ren, N.
Citation: Water Research, 2019; 159:77-86
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 0043-1354
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Shih-Hsin Ho, Yi-di Chen, Ruixiang Li, Chaofan Zhang, Yiming Ge, Guoliang Cao, Ming Ma, Xiaoguang Duan, Shaobin Wang, Nan-qi Ren
Abstract: Biochars are low-cost and environmental-friendly materials, which are promising in wastewater treatment. In this study, biochars were manufactured from C-phycocyanin extracted (C-CP) Spirulina residue (SDBC) via thermal pyrolysis. Simultaneously, N-doping was also achieved from the protein in the algae for obtaining a high-performance carbocatalyst for peroxydisulfate (PDS) activation. The SDBC yielded large specific surface areas, nitrogen loading, and good conductivity, which demonstrated excellent oxidation efficiencies toward a wide array of aqueous microcontaminants. An in-depth mechanistic study was performed by integrating selective radical scavenging, solvent exchange (H2O to D2O), diverse organic probes, and electrochemical measurement, unveiling that SDBC/PDS did not rely on free radicals or singlet oxygen but a nonradical pathway. PDS intimately was bonded with a biochar (SDBC 900-acid, pyrolysis at 900 °C) to form a surface reactive complex that subsequently attacked an organic sulfamethoxazole (SMX) adsorbed on the biochar via an electron-transfer regime. During this process, the SDBC 900-acid played versatile roles in PDS activation, organic accumulation and mediating the electron shuttle from SMX to PDS. This nonradical system can maintain a superior oxidation efficiency in complicated water matrix and long-term stable operation. More importantly, the nonradical species in SDBC 900-acid/PDS system were capable of inactivating the bacteria (Escherichia coli) in wastewater. Therefore, the biochar based nonradical system can provide a mild and high-efficiency strategy for disinfection in waste and drinking water by green carbocatalysis. This study provides not only a value-added biochar catalyst for wastewater purification but also the first insight into the bacteria inactivation via nonradical oxidation.
Keywords: Biochar; peroxydisulfate; nonradical; carbocatalysis; bacteria inactivation
Rights: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0030114659
DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2019.05.008
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