Significant enhancement of bromate removal in drinking water: Implications for the mechanism of sonocatalytic reduction

Mingcan Cui, Jongbok Choi, Yonghyun Lee, Junjun Ma, Dukmin Kim, Jaeyoung Choi, Min Jang, Jeehyeong Khim

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Bromate (BrO3) is a potential carcinogenic compound that can form during the disinfection of drinking water. For the first time, the sonocatalytic reduction of BrO3 were studied through examining the effect of the important operational parameters such as ultrasound (US) frequency, TiO2 loading, pH, temperature and other anions. By observing sonoluminescence (SL) at various frequencies and measuring H2 production rates, a new reduction mechanism for BrO3 is also proposed. The kinetic results presented that the BrO3 reduction rates enlarged as the measured H2 production rate increased for all parameters, and the slopes between the BrO3 reduction and H2 production rates for sonocatalysis were much higher than those for sonolysis. Interestingly, sonolysis could be limited by the amount of H2 production, but sonocatalysis could increase the BrO3 reduction rate because of additional electrons (e) from the surface of TiO2 via SL. The highest SL intensities for H2 production and BrO3 reduction rates occurred at an ultrasound frequency of 500 kHz, implying that an increase in SL intensity caused by ultrasound cavitation enhanced H2 production and increased the e- released to the conduction band of TiO2. At 500 kHz, BrO3 reduction rate (6.84 × 10−2 min−1) by sonophotocatalysis was 5.2 times higher than that (1.32 × 10−2 min−1) of sonolysis. Investigation into the effect of anion species showed that BrO3 reduction was inhibited or enhanced depending on the type of anions present. In real application, sonocatalytic reduction of BrO3 could be advantageous, as it has higher reduction rates than those reported for photocatalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-412
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 1


  • Bromate
  • Hydrogen
  • Kinetic
  • Reduction
  • Sonoluminescence
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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