Novel electrode system for electroflotation of wastewater

Xueming Chen, Guohua Chen, Po Lock Yue

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Electroflotation (EF) is an attractive method in wastewater treatment. The heart of EF is the dimensionally stable oxygen evolution anode that is usually expensive. In this paper, we present a stable anode by coating IrOx-Sb2O5SnO2onto titanium. Accelerated life test showed that the electrochemical stability of the Ti/IrOx-Sb2O5-SnO2anode containing only 2.5 mol% of IrOxnominally in the activated coating was even higher than that of the conventional Ti/IrOxanode. Its service life for electroflotation application is predicted to be about 20 yr. Voltammetric investigation demonstrated that the Ti/IrOx-Sb2O5-SnO2anode could provide fast electron transfer. Moreover, the present anode was designed to be fork-like and arranged interlockingly atthe same level as the cathode with a similar shape. Such an innovation in electrode configuration and arrangement allows bubbles produced at both electrodes to be dispersed into wastewater flow quickly and, therefore, enhances the effective contact between bubbles and particles, favorable for high flotation efficiency. In addition, the novel electrode system reduces the interelectrode gap to 2 mm, a spacing that is technically difficult for a conventional electrode system. This small gap results in a significant energy saving. Easy maintenance is found to be another advantage of this novel electrode system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)778-783
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry


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