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J Hazard Mater. 2018 Sep 15;358:294-301. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2018.06.064. Epub 2018 Jul 3.

Electrocatalytic dechlorination of halogenated antibiotics via synergistic effect of chlorine-cobalt bond and atomic H.

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State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, Hunan University, Changsha 410082, PR China.
Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems and School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 828 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30332, United States.
Key Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085, PR China.
State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, Hunan University, Changsha 410082, PR China. Electronic address:
Department of Chemistry, Key Laboratory of Environmentally Friendly Chemistry and Applications of Ministry of Education, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105, China.


Although noble metal electrocatalysts are highly efficient in the dehalogenation of halogenated antibiotics, the prohibitive cost hinders their practical applications. In this study, a cobalt-phosphorous/oxide (CoP/O) composite prepared via a one-step electrodeposition was for the first time applied in electroreductive dechlorination of halogenated antibiotics (HA), including chloramphenicol (CAP), florfenicol (FLO) and thiamphenicol (TAP). CoP/O had a higher FLO dechlorination efficiency (91%) than Pd/C (69.3%) (t = 60 min, C0 = 20 mg L-1, applied voltage of -1.2 V vs. saturated calomel electrode (SCE)). Furthermore, the dechlorination efficiencies of CoP/O for CAP and TAP reached to 98.7 and 74.2%, respectively. The electron spin resonance and in situ Raman characterizations confirmed that atomic H* was produced via the CoP and the formation of CoCl bonds occurred on the CoO in CoP/O. The CoCl bond formation could trap HA molecules onto CoP/O and weaken the CCl bond strength. The synergistic effect of H* attack and CoCl bond was responsible for the high dechlorination efficiency. This study offers new insights into the interface mechanism of electroreductive dehalogenation process, and shows a great potential for the remediation of halogenated antibiotics contaminated wastewater.


Atomic H*; CoCl bond; Electroreductive dechlorination; Halogenated antibiotics; Synergistic effect

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