Treatment of Coking Wastewater by α-MnO2/Peroxymonosulfate Process via Direct Electron Transfer Mechanism

Jia Wang, Zhuwei Liao, Jiayi Cai, Siqi Wang, Fang Luo, Jerosha Ifthikar, Songlin Wang, Xinquan Zhou, Zhuqi Chen

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Side reactions between free radicals and impurities decelerate the catalytic degradation of organic contaminants from coking wastewater by Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs). Herein, we report the disposal of coking wastewater by α-MnO2/PMS process via a direct electron transfer mechanism in this study. By the removal assays of the target compound of phenol, the PMS mediated electron transfer mechanism was identified as the dominated one. Water quality parameters including initial pH, common anions and natural organic matters demonstrated limited influences on phenol degradation. Afterwards, α-MnO2/PMS process was applied on the disposal of coking wastewater. The treatment not only eliminated organic contaminants with COD removal of 73.8% but also enhanced BOD5/COD from 0.172 to 0.419, within 180 min of reaction under conditions of 50 g/L α-MnO2, 50 mM PMS and pH0 7.0. COD removal decreased only 1.1% after five-time cycle application, suggesting a good reuse performance. A quadratic polynomial regression model was further built to optimize the reaction conditions. By the model, the dosage of α-MnO2 was identified as the most important parameters to enhance the performance. The optimal reaction conditions were calculated as 50 g/L α-MnO2, 50 mM PMS and pH0 6.5, under which COD removal of 74.6% was predicted. All aforementioned results suggested that the α-MnO2/PMS process is a promising catalytic oxidation technology for the disposal of coking wastewater with good practical potentials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1359
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • alpha manganese dioxide
  • catalytic oxidation
  • coking wastewater
  • electron transfer
  • peroxymonosulfate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Environmental Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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