Microwave-assisted carbofuran degradation in the presence of GAC, ZVI and H2O2: Influence of reaction temperature and pH

Neelancherry Remya, Jih-Gaw Lin*

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Carbofuran degradation in microwave (MW)-assisted granular activated carbon (GAC)/zero-valent iron (ZVI)/hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) system(s) was investigated under different reaction temperatures, i.e. 30 °C, 50 °C and 80 °C, and at varying pHs, i.e. 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. Batch experiments were conducted using a modified-MW reactor (750 W power and 2450 MHz frequency) at 100 mg L-1 carbofuran concentration. The lower MW-reaction temperatures, i.e. 30 °C and 50 °C, have produced poor carbofuran degradation efficiencies whereas complete carbofuran degradation (100%) was observed at 80 °C and pH 6 in all the systems, i.e. MW with GAC, ZVI and H2O2. Under the similar conditions, insignificant carbofuran removal/degradation (2-24%) was observed in the presence of GAC/ZVI/H2O2 without MW. On the other hand, the carbofuran degradation rate was accelerated under the alkaline pHs, i.e. pH 8 and 10 (at 80 °C), and 100% carbofuran degradation was observed within 10 min in all the MW-assisted systems. However, the complete carbofuran degradation was accomplished rapidly (5 min) in the MW-assisted GAC and ZVI systems under pH 10 and 80 °C. Carbofuran removal in the MW-assisted systems was modeled using the first-order reaction kinetics and a maximum removal rate constant of 4.17 min-1 was obtained in the MW-assisted ZVI system. A maximum of 86% carbofuran mineralization was achieved in the MW-assisted GAC system via hydrolysis and the removal of carbamate group. The comparison of energy consumption in MW-assisted systems with other processes reveals that the MW-assisted process is highly efficient and cost-effective for carbofuran degradation and mineralization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-252
Number of pages9
JournalSeparation and Purification Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 14 Jan 2011


  • Advanced oxidation
  • Carbofuran
  • Energy consumption analysis
  • Microwave
  • Pesticide


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