student profile: Ms Julia Ciarlini Junger Soares


Thesis work

Thesis title: Electrochemical Oxidation of Organic-rich Industrial Wastewater

Supervisors: Alejandro MONTOYA , Brian HAYNES

Thesis abstract:

One of the current trends in industrial wastewater treatment is the use of electrochemical oxidation in combination with existing technologies such as membranes or anaerobic digestion. Electro-oxidation processes are under intensive investigation as an elegant solution to the treatment of various industrial wastewaters containing recalcitrant or non-biodegradable pollutants. We can find applications of electrochemical oxidation in the remediation of industrial effluents from petroleum refinery, pharmaceutical, textile dyeing, tannery, food, winery, brewery, and pulp and paper industries. This broad range of applications is made possible due to the versatility of reactor design and electrode materials, mild operating conditions (ambient temperature and pressure), and to the powerful oxidising agents involved in electro-oxidation processes. The technique has also been used to the production of platform chemicals from biomass-derived compounds. This thesis is devoted to the development of a new electrochemical oxidation method to the treatment or valorisation of organic-rich wastewater.

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