Characteristics in oxidative degradation by ozone for saturated hydrocarbons in soil contaminated with diesel fuel

Do Yun Yu, Namgoo Kang, Wookeun Bae, M. Katherine Banks

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Although alkanes are relatively less reactive to chemical oxidation compared to alkenes, the chemical oxidation of alkanes has not been adequately explored in the context of environmental remediation efforts. Laboratory-scale column experiments were therefore conducted with soil artificially contaminated by diesel fuel as a surrogate for alkanes of environmental relevance. Particular attention was paid to saturated hydrocarbons refractory to volatilization. Reaction conditions involve 1485 mg kg-1 of the initial concentration of diesel range organics (DRO) and a constant ozone concentration of 119 ± 6 mg l-1 at the flow rate of 50 ml min-1. The observed removal of DRO reached 94% over 14 h of continuous ozone injection. Ozone oxidation demonstrated effective removal of non-volatile DRO in the range of C12-C24. Each alkane compound displayed comparable degradation kinetics, suggesting virtually no selectivity of ozone reactions with alkanes in soil. A pseudo-first order kinetic model closely simulated the removal kinetics, yielding a reaction rate constant of 0.213 (±0.021) h-1 and a half-life of 3.3 (±0.3) h under the experimental conditions used in this study. An estimate of ozone demand was 32 mg of O3 (mg DRO)-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)799-807
Number of pages9
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • Alkanes
  • Chemical oxidation
  • Diesel fuel
  • Ozone
  • Remediation
  • Soil vapor extraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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