Vol 63 No 3 (2018): Journal of the Chilean Chemical Society
Original Research Papers


Cristina Quispe
Laboratorio de Físico Química, Instituto de Química de Recursos Naturales, Universidad de Talca Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Instituto de EtnoFarmacología (IDE). Universidad Arturo Prat
Cristian Valdés
Laboratorio de Físico Química, Instituto de Química de Recursos Naturales, Universidad de Talca
Alvaro Delgadillo
Departamento de Química, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de La Serena
Jorge Villaseñor
Laboratorio de Físico Química, Instituto de Química de Recursos Naturales, Universidad de Talca
José Cheel
Laboratory of Algal Biotechnology-Centre ALGATECH, Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences
Gina Pecchi
Departamento de Físico Química, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad de Concepción
Published September 12, 2018
  • Pentachlorophenol (PCP),
  • catalytic ozonation,
  • MnO2/TiO2,
  • toxicity assays,
  • Lactuca sativa,
  • Panicum millaceum,
  • Daphnia magna
  • ...More


Ozone is a strong oxidant used in the water treatment to remove organochloride compounds. Given that many processes of degradation generate chemical compounds that are more toxic than initial compounds, the development of optimized ozonation processes are required. In this study, pentachlorophenol (PCP) was used as a model of an organochlorine compound and the toxicity of its degradation products generated by both non-catalytic and catalytic ozonation processes were evaluated with a fresh-water Daphnia magna (ecotoxicity) and vegetables species Lactuca sativa and Panicum millaceum (Phytoxicity). The catalytic ozonation used MnO2/TiO2 as catalyst, which was characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis showing the presence of crystalline TiO2 phases, rutile and anatase. The specific BET surface area of MnO2/TiO2 was 43 m2/g. It was found that the use of ozone as an oxidant showed a first order degradation rate constant (kobs = 0.5 ± 0.1 min- 1). The uncatalyzed reaction showed several reaction intermediates like mono- and polychlorinated phenols, and quinones. The oxidation of these compounds led to low molecular weight organic acids. From these results, we proposed a pathway of PCP degradation using ozone. The catalyzed reaction showed a more potent effect in reducing the toxicity of the treated solution. Unlike the use of only ozone which does not decrease the toxicity. It was found that the treatment with catalytic ozonation decreases the toxicity of the solutions.


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