Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering

, Volume 36, Issue 6, pp 886–893 | Cite as

Sunset yellow degradation by ultrasound/peroxymonosulfate/CuFe2O4: Influential factors and degradation processes

  • Rouzhan Feizi
  • Mehdi AhmadEmail author
  • Sahand JorfiEmail author
  • Farshid Ghanbari
Environmental Engineering


Sunset yellow (SY) dye removal from aqueous solution was assessed by ultrasound/peroxymonosulfate/CuFe2O4 nanoparticles. CuFe2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized and their properties were well determined by several advanced techniques. The effects of pH, catalyst dosage, peroxymonosulfate (PMS) concentration, and ultrasound (US) intensity were investigated on the decolorization. The best results (95.8% removal) were observed at pH=7, CuFe2O4= 25 mg/L, PMS=1.5 mM, US=200 W and 30 min. Nitrite and bicarbonate ions demonstrated high inhibition effect on the decolorization. PMS depicted high activity in the presence of CuFe2O4 compared to S2O 8 2- and H2O2. Around 40% reduction in the decolorization was observed in reusability experiments. Sulfate and hydroxyl radicals were the major species of SY degradation based on quenching experiments. A mineralization of 50% was obtained only in 30min reaction time. This process can be effective for the destruction of organic dyes in colored wastewater.


Azo Dyes Sulfate Radical Peroxymonosulfate Copper Ferrite Ultrasound 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental Health EngineeringAhvaz Jundishapur University of Medical SciencesAhvazIran
  2. 2.Environmental Technologies Research CenterAhvaz Jundishapur University of Medical SciencesAhvazIran
  3. 3.Department of Environmental Health EngineeringAbadan School of Medical SciencesAbadanIran

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