Oxidation of Sulphides in Tannery Wastewater by Use of Manganese (IV) Oxide
V. Valeika, K. Beleska, V. Valeikiene
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Kaunas University of Technology, Chemical Technology Faculty, Radvilenu pl. 19, Kaunas 3028, Lithuania
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2006;15(4):623–629
One of the methods of detoxification of sulphides in wastewater (WW) of tanneries could be their oxidation by use of MnO2. This material, as well as the product of the chemical reaction between sulphides and this material is not left in WW and does not pollute it.
The amount of sulphides and the pH of solution have an influence on oxidation process duration; it is longer when the sulphide amount and pH in the WW is higher. Optimal temperature of the treatment is 30°C. Oxidation goes faster if the size of MnO2 particles does not exceed 0.1 mm.
The possibilities of repeated use of MnO2 were investigated. The stable efficiency of the MnO2 could be obtained by putting at first 0.5% of MnO2 and additionally 0.05% of MnO2 of the solution mass for every following cycle of the treatment.