University of Oulu

Pekka Myllymäki, Riikka Lahti, Henrik Romar, Ulla Lassi, Removal of total organic carbon from peat solution by hybrid method—Electrocoagulation combined with adsorption, Journal of Water Process Engineering, Volume 24, August 2018, Pages 56-62, ISSN 2214-7144,

Removal of total organic carbon from peat solution by hybrid method : electrocoagulation combined with adsorption

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Author: Myllymäki, Pekka1,2; Lahti, Riikka1,2; Romar, Henrik1,2;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Research Unit of Sustainable Chemistry, P.O. Box 3000, FI-90014, Finland
2University of Jyvaskyla, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius, Applied Chemistry, P.O. Box 567, FI-67101 Kokkola, Finland
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2018
Publish Date: 2020-05-30


Humic substances end up in water from the drainage basin causing eutrophication and the spread of algae. These natural organic substances have an influence on the physical, chemical and biological properties of the water system. Adsorption and electrocoagulation (EC) are commonly used purification methods in the water and wastewater treatment. Both methods are used by themselves for removing a wide range of impurities. In this research, the novelty was to study the effect of combined activated carbon (AC) adsorption and electrocoagulation method on the removal of organic substances as total organic carbon (TOC) from the peat solution. With the hybrid method, TOC content was efficiently removed (∼95%) by using first adsorption treatment followed by electrocoagulation with Al- or Fe -electrode. Instead, when using the adsorption and electrocoagulation separately, the removal of TOC was 79–89%. Based on this study, the hybrid method could be efficiently used for removing organic substances from the water system.

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Series: Journal of water process engineering
ISSN: 2214-7144
ISSN-E: 2214-7144
ISSN-L: 2214-7144
Volume: 24
Pages: 56 - 62
DOI: 10.1016/j.jwpe.2018.05.008
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 116 Chemical sciences
Copyright information: © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license