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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology
Center for Environment and Energy Research and Studies (CEERS)
ISSN: 1735-1472
EISSN: 1735-2630
Vol. 11, No. 5, 2014, pp. 1277-1284
Bioline Code: st14125
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology, Vol. 11, No. 5, 2014, pp. 1277-1284

 en Oxidative–reductive photodecomposition of perfluorooctanoic acid in water
Giri, R.R.; Ozaki, H.; Guo, X.; Takanami, R. & Taniguchi, S.


This article aims to elucidate on usefulness of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) for photoreductive degradation of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a representative perfluorinated compound (PFC), in water for the first time. Bench-scale tests were conducted on oxidative and reductive (with aquated electron: eaq ) mineralization of PFOA using low-pressure UV (LPUV) lamps and potassium iodide. Unlike with 254 nm wavelength (UVC), the reductive mineralization with VUV was very inefficient compared to the corresponding oxidative mineralization. The inefficiency is attributed to low reactivity of eaq with PFOA and its fluorinated products than that of 185 nm photons. Direct VUV photolysis of PFOA and its products in reductive reaction conditions was not apparent due to a very big difference in reactivity of 185 and 254 nm photons with iodide. The results demonstrated that highly energetic VUV photons are not suitable for photoreductive degradations of PFCs involving eaq , but they can be best used for oxidative degradations. These findings should serve as an important reference on VUV usage to decompose refractory micropollutants.

Aquated electrons; Defluorination; Mineralization; Oxidation; Reduction; Vacuum ultraviolet

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