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Fenton's Reaction and Groundwater Remediation

Physics and Chemistry of Water

  1. James A. Jacobs

Published Online: 15 JUL 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047147844X.pc218

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Jacobs, J. A. 2005. Fenton's Reaction and Groundwater Remediation. Water Encyclopedia. 4:445–448.

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  1. Environmental Bio-Systems, Inc., Mill Valley, California

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  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2005


Hydrogen peroxide, an in situ chemical oxidizer in the form of Fenton's Reaction, can rapidly treat waste waters, sludges, and contaminated soils and groundwater. The effect of the Fenton's Reaction is organic contaminant destruction, toxicity reduction, and biodegradability improvement. In addition, removal of biological oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD), odor, and color occur. If Fenton's Reaction is allowed to be carried to completion, then all organic molecules will ultimately be broken into carbon dioxide and water. Fenton's Reaction is a nonselective oxidizer. Fenton's Reaction also called Fenton's Reagent or Fenton's Chemistry in the literature.


  • biological oxygen demand (BOD);
  • catalyst;
  • chemical oxidation;
  • chemical oxygen demand (COD);
  • Fenton's chemistry;
  • Fenton's reaction;
  • Fenton's reagent;
  • fluorine;
  • H.J.H. Fenton;
  • hydrogen peroxide;
  • hydroxyl free radical;
  • in situ delivery;
  • In situ chemical oxidation (ISCO);
  • methyl tertiary butyl ether (MtBE);
  • OH radical