A Low Life-Cycle Cost UV Source and Reactor to Oxidize Aqueous Phase Organics

EPA Contract Number: 68D30070
Title: A Low Life-Cycle Cost UV Source and Reactor to Oxidize Aqueous Phase Organics
Investigators: Porter, James H.
Small Business: Energy and Environmental Engineering Inc.
EPA Contact: Manager, SBIR Program
Phase: II
Project Period: September 1, 1993 through April 1, 1995
Project Amount: $150,000
RFA: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase II (1993) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Water and Watersheds , SBIR - Water and Wastewater , Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


The oxidation of dilute concentrations of organics in aqueous solutions using hydrogen peroxide and/or ozone as the oxidant in the presence of ultraviolet (UV) light has been demonstrated and is offered commercially be several corporations. Present systems seem to be limited to low concentrations of organics ( less than 10 ppm), if costs are to be maintained at less than a few dollars per thousand gallons of water treated. Further, oxidation is often not complete and low molecular weight acids, aldehydes, and ketones may remain in the treated water as final oxidation products.

Improved photochemical reactor design using low life-cycle cost UV sources is proposed. The reaction system will exploit newly discovered oxidation chemistry which leads to the complete oxidation of unsaturated organics in aqueous streams.

Supplemental Keywords:

Scientific Discipline, Water, Wastewater, Environmental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Engineering, Engineering, Chemistry, & Physics, Environmental Engineering, wastewater treatment, catalyzing oxidation, catalytic oxidation, wastewater remediation, photooxidation, photocatalytic reactor, aqueous phase organics, catalysts, UV treatment, alternative technology, UV oxidation, groundwater contamination, photochemical reactor design, aqueous waste stream

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