Zero-Valent Iron Decolorization of the Anthraquinone Dye Reactive Blue 4 and Biodegradation Assessment of its Decolorization Products

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dc.contributor.author Yang, Hanbae en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2005-07-28T18:01:22Z
dc.date.available 2005-07-28T18:01:22Z
dc.date.issued 2005-04-18 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1853/6920
dc.description.abstract Anthraquinone dyes constitute the second largest class of textile dyes, and are used extensively in the textile industry. A high fraction of the initial reactive dye mass used in the dyeing process remains in the spent dyebath. Reactive dyes are not readily removed by typical wastewater treatment processes and the high salt concentration typical of reactive dyeing further complicates the management of spent reactive dyebaths. Investigation of the reductive transformation of reactive anthraquinone dyes and their decolorization products has been very limited. Additionally, very limited research has been conducted on the decolorization of spent reactive dyebaths. Research was conducted to investigate the key operational parameters of batch and continuous-flow ZVI decolorization of a reactive anthraquinone dye, Reactive Blue 4 (RB4), under anoxic conditions, as well as the potential for the biodegradation of its decolorization products in a halophilic culture under aerobic conditions. The effect of two operational parameters, such as mixing intensity and initial dye concentration, on the ZVI batch decolorization kinetics indicates that ZVI decolorization of RB4 is a surface-catalyzed, mass transfer-limited process. The high salt and base concentrations enhanced the rate of RB4 decolorization. Based on parameters such as porosity, hydraulic conductivity, pore water velocity, and dispersion coefficient, non-ideal transport characteristics were observed in a continuous-flow ZVI column. The results of a long-term continuous-flow ZVI decolorization kinetics demonstrated that continuous-flow ZVI decolorization is feasible. However, column porosity losses and a shift of reaction kinetics occur in long-term column operation. ZVI decolorization of RB4 was successfully described with a pseudo first-order or a site saturation model. Lastly, the RB4 decolorization products generated by ZVI treatment had no inhibitory effect on the halophilic culture. However, biodegradation and/or mineralization of RB4 decolorization products was not observed after a long-term incubation of the culture. This research demonstrated the feasibility of ZVI decolorization of reactive anthraquinone dyes, which will help in the development of a continuous-flow, dyebath decolorization process and the possible reuse of the renovated dyebath in the dyeing operation. Such a system could lead to substantial reduction of water usage, as well as a decrease of salt and dye discharges. en_US
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dc.publisher Georgia Institute of Technology en_US
dc.subject Dyeing of cellulosic fabric en_US
dc.subject Tracer test
dc.subject CXTFIT 2.0
dc.subject BDST
dc.subject.lcsh Tracers (Chemistry) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Anthraquinones Biodegradation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Dyes and dyeing Chemistry en_US
dc.title Zero-Valent Iron Decolorization of the Anthraquinone Dye Reactive Blue 4 and Biodegradation Assessment of its Decolorization Products en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree M.S. en_US
dc.contributor.department Civil and Environmental Engineering en_US
dc.description.advisor Committee Chair: Pavlostathis, Spyros G.; Committee Member: Bottomley, Lawrence A.; Committee Member: Huang, Ching-Hua en_US


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