A novel combined process for efficient removal of Se(VI) from sulfate-rich water: Sulfite/UV/Fe(III) coagulation.

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Summary of "A novel combined process for efficient removal of Se(VI) from sulfate-rich water: Sulfite/UV/Fe(III) coagulation."

The efficient removal of Se(VI) from sulfate-rich water is challenging as most reported processes last for hours to days. In this study, a combined sulfite/UV/Fe(III) coagulation process was proposed for efficient Se(VI) removal from sulfate-rich water within a short time (∼1 h). In the presence of sulfate (1000 mg L), over 99% of Se(VI) (initially at 10 mg L) could be reduced by sulfite (5.0 mM) with a UV dose of 16 J cm (within 20 min) into Se(IV) as the sole observed product. An alkaline pH (>9) was required for the reduction process, which was naturally obtained with the addition of sulfite. Scavenging experiments with NO and NO both indicated that hydrated electrons (e) were responsible for Se(VI) reduction by sulfite/UV. The presence of chloride, sulfate, phosphate, and carbonate (up to 10 mM) showed negligible influence on Se(VI) reduction, whereas nitrate and humic acid inhibited Se(VI) reduction to different extents depending on their concentrations. By Fe(III) coagulation, Se(IV) in the co-presence of sulfite and sulfate was efficiently removed at an OH/Fe molar ratio of 1.8-2.8. The removal of Se(IV) by Fe(III) coagulation responded insignificantly to chloride, nitrate, or sulfate (up to 10 mM), whereas it was adversely affected at high levels of carbonate (10 mM) and phosphate (1 mM). The combined sulfite/UV/Fe(III) coagulation process was validated for the efficient removal of Se(VI) from synthetic sulfate-rich solution, simulated wastewater, and authentic smelting wastewater (in 1.1 h). The introduced sulfite underwent minor consumption during UV irradiation and was almost (∼90%) removed after coagulation.


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Name: Chemosphere
ISSN: 1879-1298
Pages: 867-874


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