Cathode Modification to Improve Electro-Fenton Performance

  • Minghua ZhouEmail author
  • Lei Zhou
  • Liang Liang
  • Fangke Yu
  • Weilu Yang
Part of the The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry book series (HEC, volume 61)


A cost-effective cathode is vital for electrochemical production of hydrogen peroxide and its application for organic pollutants degradation by electro-Fenton (EF). Graphite felt is one of the most extensively used cathodes for EF account for its good stability, conductivity, and commercial availability; however, its performance for hydrogen peroxide yield was not so satisfactory, and thus many cathode modification methods were investigated to improve the EF performance. This work systematically summarized our studies on the modification of graphite felt to improve EF performance, including chemical and electrochemical modification. Also, composite graphite felts with carbon black or graphene were reported. The preparation and characterizations of the cathode as well as their application for organic pollutants degradation by EF were described. Further, transition metal doping on the composite graphite felts to fulfill in situ heterogeneous EF was also attempted to overcome some drawbacks of homogeneous EF. Finally, an outlook for cathode modification was proposed. All these progresses would contribute to the application of EF using graphite felt cathode.


Cathode modification Electro-Fenton Graphite felt Surface characteristics Transition metal doping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Minghua Zhou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lei Zhou
    • 1
  • Liang Liang
    • 1
  • Fangke Yu
    • 1
  • Weilu Yang
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Pollution Process and Environmental Criteria, Ministry of Education, College of Environmental Science and EngineeringNankai UniversityTianjinChina

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