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ABSTRACT: The electrochemical oxidation of an aqueous solution containing mecoprop (2-(2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxy)propionic acid) has
been studied at PbO2 anodes by cyclic voltammetry and bulk electrolysis. The influence of current density, hydrodynamic conditions, temperature
and pH on the degradation rate and current efficiency is reported. The results obtained show that the use of PbO2 leads to total mineralization of mecoprop due to the production of oxidant hydroxyl radical electrogenerated from water discharge.
The current efficiency for the electro-oxidation of mecoprop is enhanced by low current density, high recycle flow-rates and
high temperature. In contrast, the pH effect was not significant. It has also been observed that mecoprop decay kinetics follows
a pseudo-first-order reaction and the rate constant increases with rising current density.
Journal of Applied Electrochemistry 07/2008; 38(7):923-929. DOI:10.1007/s10800-008-9497-3 · 2.15 Impact Factor