Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 10, pp 9265–9282 | Cite as

Review of the methods for determination of reactive oxygen species and suggestion for their application in advanced oxidation induced by dielectric barrier discharges

  • Emile S. Massima Mouele
  • Olanrewaju Ojo. Fatoba
  • Omotola Babajide
  • Kassim O. Badmus
  • Leslie F. Petrik
Review Article


Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) particularly non-thermal plasmas based on electrical discharges have been widely investigated for water and wastewater treatment. Dielectric barrier discharges (DBDs) generate large amounts of selective and non-selective reactive oxygen species (ROS) such as ozone, hydrogen peroxide, atomic oxygen, superoxide molecular anions and hydroxyl radicals, having been proved to be efficient for water decontamination among various forms of electrical discharge systems. The detection and quantification methods of these oxygen species in non-thermal plasmas have been reviewed. However, their application in dielectric barrier discharge has not been well studied. It is therefore imperative to summarise the various detection and quantification methods for oxygen-based species determination in AOPs, aqueous systems and non-thermal plasma processes. Thereafter, reviewed methods are suggested for the determination of ROS in DBD configurations to understand the consumption trend of these oxidants during treatment of water effluents and to evaluate the performance of the treatment reactor configuration towards the degradation of targeted pollutants.


AOPs DBD Quantification Measurement Reactive oxygen species 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environmental and Nano Sciences (ENS) Research Group, Department of ChemistryUniversity of the Western CapeBellvilleSouth Africa
  2. 2.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentCape Peninsula University of TechnologyBellvilleSouth Africa

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