Remediation of Pentachlorophenol-Contaminated Soil by Non-specific Abiotic Reactions Using Heme and Hemoglobin

Guyoung Kang, David K. Stevens, Namhyun Chung

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To treat PCP-contaminated soil, abiotic methods for PCP degradation have been developed, where heme or powder hemoglobin acts as a catalyst and hydrogen peroxide as an oxidant. Degradation of PCP had the first-order kinetics, and rate coefficients, k, were 0.073 and 0.104/day for heme and hemoglobin, respectively, indicating that the hemoglobin was a more efficient catalyst than heme. Approximately 96 % of the initial PCP was degraded at day 35. Thus, hemoglobin might be recommended as the catalyst of choice, since it is much less expensive than heme.

Original languageEnglish
Article number358
JournalWater, Air, and Soil Pollution
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 1



  • Heme
  • Hemoglobin
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Pentachlorophenol
  • Remediation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ecological Modelling
  • Water Science and Technology

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