Sonochemical oxidation of cyanide using potassium peroxydisulfate as an oxidizing agent

Mingcan Cui, Min Jang, Seban Lee, Jeehyeong Khim

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In this study, the sonochemical oxidation of cyanide in the presence of peroxydisulfate (PDS) ions has been investigated. As a result of experiments, sulfate anion radicals (·SO 4 -) and hydroxide radicals (·OH) produced by PDS ions in acoustic cavitation could readily oxidize and even mineralize cyanide in an aqueous environment. When the frequency of ultrasound and PDS ions were applied at 450 kHz and 60mg·L -1, the efficiencies of mineralization for free cyanide (CN -) and thiocyanate (SCN -) were 99.3 and 99%, respectively. The kinetics of total organic carbon (TOC) reduction for CN - and SCN - oxidation were interpreted using the modified pseudo-first-order kinetic model. In this study, carbonate and nitrate were found to be by-products of CN - oxidation while sulfate, carbonate and nitrate were by-products of SCN - oxidation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number07GD13
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Issue number7 PART2
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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