A novel modified fenton-like process for efficient remediation of anthracene-contaminated soils before analysis by ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy

Volume 4, Issue 03, Pages 47-58, Sep 2021 *** Field: Nano Environmental Chemistry

  • Mahdia Hamidinasab, (Corresponding Author) Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Arak University, Arak 38156-88138, Iran.
  • Sepide Ahmadi Institute of Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, Arak University, Arak 38156-88138, Iran
  • Ali Seif Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Arak University, Arak 38156-88138, Iran.
  • Mohammad Ali Bodaghifard Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Arak University, Arak 38156-88138, Iran.
  • Zahra Najahimohammadizadeh Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Arak University, Arak 38156-88138, Iran.
Keywords: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), Remediation, Modified Fenton’s reaction, Magnetite nanoparticle, Urea-hydrogen peroxide (UHP)


Due to the persistence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in soil and sediments, and their toxic, mutagenic, and carcinogenic effects, the remediation of PAH-contaminated sites is an important role for environment pollution. In this study, the chemical oxidative remediation of anthracene-contaminated soils was investigated by magnetite nanoparticles (Fe3O4) catalyzed Fenton-like oxidation in the presence of hydrogen peroxide 30% (H2O2) and urea-hydrogen peroxide (UHP) at neutral pH. Urea-hydrogen peroxide (UHP), as a safer oxidizing agent, is used for the first time in the Fenton process. The magnetite nanoparticles improved the production of hydroxyl radicals, and the removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (anthracene as a model compound) from the soil samples. The structure of Fe3O4 nanoparticles was characterized by FT-IR, XRD, SEM, and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The removal efficiency of anthracene at an initial concentration 2500 (mg kg-1) was 95% for 2.5 mmol by using hydrogen peroxide and 93% for 0.1 mmol of UHP at the optimum oxidation condition. The anthracene reaction was analyzed by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis). The UHP safety and efficiency, neutral pH condition, the limited iron leaching and its easy magnetic separation makes magnetite nanoparticles-UHP a promising catalytic system in remediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in contaminated soils.


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How to Cite
Hamidinasab, M., Ahmadi, S., Seif, A., Bodaghifard, M. A., & Najahimohammadizadeh, Z. (2021). A novel modified fenton-like process for efficient remediation of anthracene-contaminated soils before analysis by ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy. Analytical Methods in Environmental Chemistry Journal, 4(03), 47-58. https://doi.org/10.24200/amecj.v4.i03.140
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