AN INVESTIGATION OF CATALYTIC OZONATION OF ORGANIC COMPOUNDS
Report No FR/INV0002

R Burch and C Cooper

NOV 1996

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The aim of the research was to investigate the possible use of inorganic catalysts to enhance the effectiveness of ozone in the destruction of recalcitrant compounds. The use of ozone for water treatment has increased significantly in recent years and is now available for relatively large-scale operation. However, advantages would be gained if either the rate of ozonation or the efficiency with which ozone is utilised could be improved. At the start of the project there were few references to the use of catalytic ozonation and it was not clear whether there were any real benefits. In our research, therefore, the emphasis has been on assaying a number of potential catalysts. Initially we used model organic compounds to try to assess the potential of the process, especially when applied to real water samples. Among the objectives were:

The major conclusions of the work are listed below:

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