Electrochemical Oxidation of Organic Compounds using Boron-Doped Diamond Electrodes

TitleElectrochemical Oxidation of Organic Compounds using Boron-Doped Diamond Electrodes
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsP. M. Natishan, W. E. O'Grady, F. J. Martin, P. L. Hagans, H. Martin, and B. R. Stoner
JournalECS Transactions
Pagination19 - 30
Date Published2013

Boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrodes prepared by chemical vapor deposition were used to determine if phenol could be oxidized to CO2 and if biofilms could be oxidized and "cleaned" from a surface. Cyclic voltammetry showed that phenol and biofilms were electrolyzed by the BDD electrodes and that the oxidation products did not foul the electrodes. Experiments were also run with a flow cell in which a liter of 10 mM phenol in 0.1M H2SO4 was circulated through the cell and the total organic carbon (TOC) was monitored as a function of time and cell current. The total carbon in solution was reduced from ~1% to <0.1% with no observable decrease in decomposition rate. This low, total organic carbon content supports that the reacted phenol was converted completely to CO2.

Short TitleECS Transactions