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Tero Luukkonen & Simo O. Pehkonen (2017) Peracids in water treatment: A critical review, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 47:1, 1-39, DOI: 10.1080/10643389.2016.1272343

Peracids in water treatment : a critical review

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Author: Luukkonen, Tero1,2; Pehkonen, Simo O.3
Organizations: 1Mechanical and Mining Engineering, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, Kajaani, Finland
2Research Unit of Sustainable Chemistry, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Department of Environmental and Biosciences, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2017
Publish Date: 2017-03-16


Peracids have gained interest in the water treatment over the last few decades. Peracetic acid (CH₃CO₃H) has already become an accepted alternative disinfectant in wastewater disinfection whereas performic acid (CHO₃H) has been studied much less, although it is also already commercially available. Additionally, peracids have been studied for drinking water disinfection, oxidation of aqueous (micro)pollutants, sludge treatment, and ballast water treatment, to name just a few examples. The purpose of this review paper is to represent comprehensive up-to-date information about the water treatment applications, aqueous reaction mechanisms, and disinfection by-product formation of peracids, namely performic, peracetic, and perpropionic acids.

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Series: Critical reviews in environmental science and technology
ISSN: 1064-3389
ISSN-E: 1547-6537
ISSN-L: 1064-3389
Volume: 47
Issue: 1
Pages: 1 - 39
DOI: 10.1080/10643389.2016.1272343
Type of Publication: A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Field of Science: 116 Chemical sciences
Copyright information: © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher. his is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical reviews in environmental science and technology on 20 Dec 2016, available online: