Atrazine removal by catalytic oxidation processes with or without UV irradiation: Part II: An analysis of the reaction mechanisms using LC/ESI-tandem mass spectrometry

K. H. Chan, Wei Chu

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The transformation mechanisms of atrazine (ATZ) degradation by sole-UV, dark-catalytic oxidation process (dark-COP), and UV-assisted catalytic oxidation process (UVCOP) were examined and compared. Depending on the selection of the processes, one to fourteen ATZ derivatives were detected by liquid chromatography electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (LC/ESI-MS/MS). For sole-UV, a single dechlorinated product (OIET) was identified due to the homolytic or heterolytic cleavage of ATZ. On the other hand, in dark-COP, seven chlorinated (CDET, CMIT, CDIT, CEAT, CIAT, CDAT, and CAAT) and three dechlorinated (OIET, ODIT, and OAAT) intermediates were identified. However, the dechlorinated derivatives, in dark-COP, appeared in low concentrations. In UVCOP, four more dechlorinated derivatives (ODET, OEAT, OIAT, and ODAT) were found. It was suggested that alkylic-oxidation, dealkylation, and dechlorination-hydroxylation (minor in dark-COP) are the leading pathways in dark-COP and UVCOP. The final products of sole-UV, dark-COP, and UVCOP were found to be OIET, CAAT, and OAAT, respectively. In addition, the ratio of dechlorinated versus chlorinated derivatives as well as OAAT to CAAT were used to quantify the detoxification effect of dark-COP and UVCOP, where the UVCOP was suggested as a more environmentally friendly process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-174
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2005


  • Atrazine
  • Oxidation
  • Pathway
  • Toxicity
  • UV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology

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