Influence of the surface hydroxyl groups of MnOx/SBA-15 on heterogeneous catalytic ozonation of oxalic acid

Qiangqiang Sun, Laisheng Li, Huihua Yan, Xiaoting Hong, K. S. Hui, Zhaoqi Pan

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Comparative ozonation experiments were carried out to investigate the catalytic ability and mechanism of SBA-15 supported manganese oxide (MnOx/SBA-15) for the degradation of oxalic acid (OA) in aqueous solution. The results showed that MnOx/SBA-15 possessed good catalytic capacity for the ozonation of OA. The influences of tert-butanol and phosphate on OA removal and ozone equilibrium concentration in aqueous solution demonstrated that initiation of hydroxyl radicals (radical dotOH) was involved and surface reaction played the major role in O3/MnOx/SBA-15. The effects of manganese content and initial solution pH verified that surface hydroxyl groups affected by the pH of solution and the point of zero charge (pHPZC) of catalysts, were closely related to OA adsorption and radical dotOH initiation on the surface of MnOx/SBA-15. The pre-ozonated catalyst improved its catalytic activity a little due to the enhancement of electron transfer in the presence of higher multivalent MnOx (Mn(III)/Mn(IV)). It was concluded that the protonated surface hydroxyl groups were the main reaction sites and a possible catalytic ozonation mechanism of OA over MnOx/SBA-15 was proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-356
Number of pages9
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Early online date8 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2014


  • Catalytic ozonation
  • MnO/SBA-15
  • Oxalic acid
  • Reaction mechanism
  • Surface hydroxyl groups

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