Journal article

Electrochemical removal of naphthalene from contaminated waters using carbon electrodes, and viability for environmental deployment

Rebecca V McQuillan, Geoffrey W Stevens, Kathryn A Mumford

Journal of Hazardous Materials | Elsevier | Published : 2020

Abstract

This work assesses the potential of electrochemical technologies for the treatment of groundwaters contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons. Specific consideration was given to deployment in Antarctic regions where numerous fuel spills have occurred over the last two centuries, and resources and manual labour for remediation efforts are limited. The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, naphthalene, was a used as a model contaminant and was treated with low-cost, active carbon electrodes to promote the active chlorine degradation pathway. Results showed that 20 mg/L naphthalene solutions could be treated to sufficient standards in less than 3 h of treatment, and that the formation of toxic and ch..

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