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J Hazard Mater. 2011 Oct 30;194:362-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2011.07.108. Epub 2011 Aug 9.

Degradation and formation of wood odorant β-cyclocitral during permanganate oxidation.

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State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, Tongji University, Shanghai City 200092, China.


The effect of permanganate oxidation on the formation and degradation of wood odorant β-cyclocitral in water was investigated. Oxidation experiments were conducted for β-cyclocitral prepared from pure chemicals and extracted from Microcystis aeruginosa. The data were simulated with appropriate kinetic rate models. The formation and degradation of β-cyclocitral during the oxidation of β-carotene were also monitored and modeled. The degradation of β-cyclocitral prepared from pure chemicals followed second-order kinetics with a rate constant of 91.7 ± 2.4M(-1)s(-1), and that of the β-cyclocitral precursor, β-carotene, followed first-order kinetics with a rate constant of 0.0054 ± 0.0004 min(-1). During the oxidation of β-carotene, β-cyclocitral was produced. The formation and degradation can both be simulated by first-order kinetics with respect to β-carotene and β-cyclocitral concentrations, respectively. The degradation rate of β-cyclocitral produced from β-carotene was found to be much slower than that for β-cyclocitral obtained from pure chemicals, very likely due to a mass transfer limitation. The kinetic models were further employed to simulate the oxidation of β-cyclocitral in the presence of β-carotene and for β-cyclocitral extracted from M. aeruginosa, respectively. The models well predict/fit the experimental data, with rate constants similar to other experiments, indicating that the models may be used for simulating the formation and degradation of β-cyclocitral in water treatment systems.

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