Degradation of aqueous 2,4,4'-Trihydroxybenzophenone by persulfate activated with nitrogen doped carbonaceous materials and the formation of dimer products. Academic Article uri icon


  • In this work, we systematically investigated the persulfate (PS) activation potential of a series of nitrogen doped carbonaceous materials for the degradation of 2,4,4'-trihydroxybenzophenone (2,4,4'-HBP), an additive in polyvinyl acetate films and personal care products. Nitrogen originating from urea, NH4NO3, indole and polyaniline was doped into carbonaceous materials, including hydroxylated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT-OH), large-inner thin-walled carboxylated carbon nanotubes (CNT-COOH) and graphite oxide (GO), to examine the catalytic effect. The NH4NO3-CNT-OH catalyst, which showed the best catalytic performance in 2,4,4'-HBP removal, was characterized by SEM, TEM, FT-IR, Raman, BET surface area, XRD and XPS, and pyrrolic nitrogen was found to play a highly important role in the activation of PS. Under the conditions of [2,4,4'-HBP]0: [PS]0 = 1: 500, T = 25 °C, pH0 = 7.0, concentration of catalyst = 100 mg L-1, 43.48 μM 2,4,4'-HBP was completely removed in 2 h. According to electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra and radical quenching experiments, hydroxyl and sulfate radicals on the surface of the catalyst contributed to the substrate oxidation. Cleavage of C-C bridge bond, hydroxylation and polymerization were mainly involved in the oxidation process, leading to the formation of 10 intermediates (e.g., dimers), as detected by the MS/MS spectra. To the best of our knowledge, this report is the first to describe the transformation mechanism of 2,4,4'-HBP in nitrogen doped carbonaceous materials catalyzed PS system.

published proceedings

  • Water Res

altmetric score

  • 0.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Pan, X., Chen, J., Wu, N., Qi, Y., Xu, X., Ge, J., ... Wang, Z

citation count

  • 96

complete list of authors

  • Pan, Xiaoxue||Chen, Jing||Wu, Nannan||Qi, Yumeng||Xu, Xinxin||Ge, Jiali||Wang, Xinghao||Li, Chenguang||Qu, Ruijuan||Sharma, Virender K||Wang, Zunyao

publication date

  • October 2018