TITLE

Removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from municipal sludge using UV light

AUTHOR(S)
Salihoglu, Nezih Kamil; Karaca, Gizem; Salihoglu, Güray; Tasdemir, Yücel
PUB. DATE
June 2012
SOURCE
Desalination & Water Treatment;Jun2012, Vol. 44 Issue 1-3, p324
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study includes research into using UV light to remove Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) from municipal sludge. The effectiveness of TiO2 as a photocatalyst on this UV application was also determined. Sludge samples that were taken from an urban wastewater treatment plant (UWWTP) were exposed to UV-C light in a specially designed setup. The total concentration of Σ12 PAH in the sludge, which was 1339 ng g-1 of dry matter initially, decreased by 2-77% after 24 h of UV application. The concentrations of some PAH isomers increased after the UV application, which revealed that isomer transformations could emerge due to the effects of temperature and photodegradation. UV light was found to remove 3-ring light compounds more effectively than 4-6-ring heavy compounds. A total PAH decrease of 77% was achieved by adding an amount of TiO2 equal to 0.5% of the dry weight of the sludge although the removal rate of PAHs from the sludge decreased when the TiO2 dosage was increased. It is possible that the decreased number of titanium particles caused UV light to scatter and be absorbed in the reaction environment.
ACCESSION #
87023919

 

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