Performance characterization and kinetic modeling of ozonation using a new method: ROH,O3 concept

Minhwan Kwon, Homin Kye, Youmi Jung, Yeojoon Yoon, Joon Wun Kang

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Ozonation is an effective treatment for removing various organic pollutants from aquatic systems. The Rct concept, which is defined as the ratio of [rad]OH exposure to O3 exposure, has been widely used to predict the removal efficiency of target compounds, but it has significant variations by water temperature and initial O3 dose which are crucial parameters in drinking water plant. The ROH,O3 concept, which is defined as the [rad]OH exposure by O3 consumption, was proposed as a kinetic parameter for characterization and kinetic modeling for ozonation. The ROH,O3 concept is independent of temperature and initial O3 dose. A higher ROH,O3 value indicates a higher [rad]OH formation when the same amount of O3 is consumed in different water samples; therefore, the [rad]OH yield from O3 decomposition of the water samples can be compared using the ROH,O3 values. The ROH,O3 concept can also be used to characterize and model the initial ozone demand phase, and it is more convenient method compared to Rct concept. Using the ROH,O3 concept, the dynamic O3 and [rad]OH kinetics and the removal efficiencies of iopromide and ibuprofen were well predicted (R2 = 0.98) over a wide range of experimental conditions (n = 124).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-182
Number of pages11
JournalWater Research
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (NRF-2016R1A2B4015598).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Elsevier Ltd

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ecological Modelling
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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