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Potentiation of hydrogen peroxide mediated water decontamination using thioglycolic acid

Subramanian, G and Madras, G (2018) Potentiation of hydrogen peroxide mediated water decontamination using thioglycolic acid. In: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 6 (2). pp. 2200-2205.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jece.2018.03.020


There is an increasing interest in the development of metal-free catalysts for hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) based water decontamination. Thiols are well known reductants and react with oxidants via electron transfer mechanism. However, the effect of thiols on H2O2 based degradation remains uninvestigated. Herein, we reveal the potential of thiols such as thioglycolic acid (TGA), cysteine and glutathione to enhance H2O2 based degradation. The pseudo first order decolorization rate (k1) of Methylene Blue (MB) by H2O2 alone was 1.0 × 10-4 min-1, however, in the presence of thiols such as GSH, Cys and TGA, k1 of MB by H2O2 was increased to 26.9 × 10-4 min-1, 265.3 × 10-4 min-1, and 940.4 × 10-4 min-1, respectively. Furthermore, we demonstrate that TGA can drastically enhance H2O2 based oxidation for decolorizing a variety of dyes and to inactive bacteria as well. Nitroblue tetrazolium (NBT) assay revealed that the superoxide anion radical as primary reactive oxygen species in TGA/H2O2 oxidation system.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Elsevier Ltd.
Keywords: Amino acids; Aromatic compounds; Decontamination; Disinfection; Dyes; Electron transitions; Escherichia coli; Free radical reactions; Hydrogen peroxide; Oxygen; Peroxides, Decolorization rates; Dye degradation; E.Coli inactivation; Electron transfer mechanisms; Nitroblue tetrazolium; Reactive oxygen species; Superoxide anion radicals; Water decontamination, Oxidation
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2022 08:46
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2022 08:46
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/75600

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