Degradation of chelating agents in aqueous solution using advanced oxidation process (AOP)

Mika E.T. Sillanpää, Tonni Agustiono Kurniawan, Wai hung Lo

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This article presents an overview with critical analysis of technical applicability of advanced oxidation process (AOP) in removing chelating agents from aqueous solution. Apart from the effect of metals for chelating agents as a major influencing factor, selected information such as pH, oxidant's dose, concentrations of pollutants and treatment performance is presented. The performance of individual AOP is compared. It is evident from our literature survey that photocatalysis with UV irradiation alone or coupled with TiO2, ozonation and Fenton's oxidation are frequently applied to mineralize target pollutants. Overall, the selection of the most suitable AOP depends on the characteristics of effluents, technical applicability, discharge standard, regulatory requirements and environmental impacts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1443-1460
Number of pages18
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Complexing agents
  • EDTA
  • NTA
  • Phosphonate
  • Photocatalytic oxidation (PCO)
  • Wastewater treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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