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Electrochemical study of carboxylic acids with Nb-supported boron doped diamond anode. Part 2: Electrochemical oxidation associated to DFT calculations

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Lopes da Silva, Amison Rick ; Aquino de Queiroz, Jorge Leandro ; de Moura, Dayanne Chianca ; da Silva, Djalma Ribeiro ; Martinez-Huitle, Carlos A.
Total Authors: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; v. 794, p. 93-102, JUN 1 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 13

This work investigates electro-oxidation (EO) of carboxylic acids (acetic acid (AA), oxalic acid (OA) and formic acid (FA)) in aqueous solution by using Nb-supported boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrode. Voltammetric studies conducted with Nb/BDD anode show that AA oxidation takes place at a potential very close to that of the discharge of water, while OA and FA are oxidized before the discharge of water. Galvanostatic electrolyzes of aqueous solutions containing AA, OA, FA in HCIO4 were conducted to determine the elimination of carboxylic acid concentration, mineralization degree and oxidation kinetics by measuring total organic carbon (TOC) and liquid chromatography (HPLC). Results showed that OA and FA were quasi-completely mineralized; while lower concentrations of intermediates were detected during AA oxidation. The association of electrochemical measurements with computational simulations led us to understand the EO pathway of AA, OA and FA on BDD surface. Theoretical calculations demonstrated that, HOMO energies are related to the difficulty to oxidize (losing an electron) a specific compound. Analyzing by computational calculations the EO reactions attained, it was possible verify that AA and OA are oxidized by a direct electron transfer with the anode surface coupled with center dot OH radicals, while FA is most probably oxidized via center dot OH radicals generated by water discharge. In the case of AA, oxidation pathway possibly involves the production of intermediates that avoid a complete elimination of this compound. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/50945-4 - INCT 2014: National Institute for Alternative Technologies of Detection, Toxicological Evaluation and Removal of Micropollutants and Radioactivies
Grantee:Maria Valnice Boldrin
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants