In the present work, an electrocoagulation technique was tested as a possible technological alternative for the treatment of selenium in wastewater from a petroleum refinery. For this purpose, a batch airlift reactor with air stirring was used. The sacrificial electrodes were made of iron to generate the necessary ferrous ions for the process. The results indicated a selenium removal of 90% from the wastewater after 6 h of treatment, achieving a decrease in concentration from 0.30 mg L-1 to 0.03 mg L-1. The current density was found to be an important variable for the process. In conclusion, the electrocoagulation process seems to be a feasible selenium removal technique applied to petroleum refinery wastewater.
- Current density
- Iron hydroxides
- Oxidizing medium
Hansen, H. K., Peña, S. F., Gutiérrez, C., Lazo, A., Lazo, P., & Ottosen, L. M. (2018). Selenium removal from petroleum refinery wastewater using an electrocoagulation technique. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 364, 78-81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2018.09.090