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Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Treatment of Aqueous Bisphenol A Solution

비스페놀 A 수용액의 대기압 플라즈마 처리

  • Jo, Jin-Oh (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Jeju National University) ;
  • Choi, Kyeong Yun (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Jeju National University) ;
  • Gim, Suji (Department of Energy, Environment, Water and Sustainability, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) ;
  • Mok, Young Sun (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Jeju National University)
  • 조진오 (제주대학교 생명화학공학과) ;
  • 최경윤 (제주대학교 생명화학공학과) ;
  • 김수지 (한국과학기술원 EEWS 학과) ;
  • 목영선 (제주대학교 생명화학공학과)
  • Received : 2015.03.06
  • Accepted : 2015.04.08
  • Published : 2015.06.10

Abstract

This work investigated the plasma treatment of aqueous bisphenol A (BPA) solution and mineralization pathways. For the effective contact between plasmatic gas and aqueous BPA solution, the plasma was created inside a porous ceramic tube, which was uniformly dispersed into the aqueous solution through micro-pores of the ceramic tube. Effects of the gas flow rate, applied voltage and treatment time on the decomposition of BPA were examined, and analyses using ultraviolet (UV) spectroscopy, ion chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry were also performed to elucidate mineralization mechanisms. The appropriate gas flow rate was around $1.0L\;min^{-1}$; when the gas flow rate was too high or too low, the BPA decomposition performance at a given electric power decreased. The increase in the voltage improves the BPA decomposition due to the increased electric power, but the energy required to remove BPA was similar, regardless of the voltage. Under the condition of $1.0L\;min^{-1}$ and 20.8 kV, BPA at an initial concentration of $10L\;min^{-1}$ (volume : 1 L) was successfully treated within 30 min. The intermediates produced by the attack of ozone and hydroxyl radicals on BPA were further oxidized to stable compounds such as acetate, formate and oxalate.

Keywords

Bisphenol A;Plasma;Decomposition;Mineralization pathways

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한국연구재단

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