Environmental Processes

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 805–818 | Cite as

Activation of Peroxymonosulfate and Persulfate by Metal Loaded Mesoporous Catalysts for Orange G Dye Degradation

  • Sofía Schlichter
  • Mariana Dennehy
  • Mariana AlvarezEmail author
Original Article


The main objective of this research was to study the catalytic activation of two different oxidants (potassium persulfate, PS and peroxymonosulfate, PMS) employing sulfate-based Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs). For this purpose, heterogeneous copper and cobalt catalysts were synthesized supported on MCM-41 mesoporous material. These catalysts were characterized by means of Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The metal charge of the catalysts ranged from 5% to 18%. The mesoporous arrangement was held after the metal loading and calcination, as shown by XRD patterns and TEM micrographs. The catalytic degradation of Orange G azo dye (Orange G: OG, disodium 7-hydroxy-8-[(E)-phenyldiazenyl]-1,3-naphthalenedisulfonate) was analysed, and the catalyst activities were determined in a batch reactor. The combination of PMS and higher metal-content Co-supported catalyst attained the best efficiency. In these conditions, the complete decolourization (100%) of the dye was achieved in the first minutes of reaction, while its mineralization reached after 4 h was 49%. Additionally, the catalytic activity of the Co/PMS system (a measure of the catalyst’s reusability) remained constant after three cycles of usage.


MCM-41 Copper Cobalt Sulfate radical Orange G Advanced oxidation processes 



The authors gratefully acknowledge Lic. Rodolfo Dionisi and Lic. Claudio Vanina for their generous cooperation in the TOC measurements. This project was supported by SGCyT -UNS (Project M24/Q075). M. Alvarez is a CONICET researcher.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sofía Schlichter
    • 1
  • Mariana Dennehy
    • 1
  • Mariana Alvarez
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.INQUISURUniversidad Nacional del Sur (UNS) – CONICETBahía BlancaArgentina

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