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Fenton Reaction

Published Online: 15 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470638859.conrr227

Comprehensive Organic Name Reactions and Reagents

Comprehensive Organic Name Reactions and Reagents

How to Cite

2010. Fenton Reaction. Comprehensive Organic Name Reactions and Reagents. 227:1041–1045.

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  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2010

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Abstract

The generation of a hydroxyl radical by the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide in the presence of ferrous salt is generally known as the Fenton reaction. It has been found that the hydroxyl radical can be quickly generated at the initial stage of the reaction, which has high oxidation potential. Many organic molecules have been reported to oxidize using the hydroxyl radicals. This reaction has been applied in the degradation of organic pollutants present in groundwater and soils. Besides this, the photo-Fenton reaction has been reported to enhance the iron cycling and degradation of contaminants. The metallic Fenton reaction is more effective than the classical one.

Keywords:

  • pentachlorophenol (PCP);
  • malachite green;
  • hydroxyl radical;
  • hydrogen peroxide