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Master of Science in Engineering Management


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

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Willie F. Harper, Jr., PhD.


Water treatment capability is required for military operations, production of drinking water, and industrial wastewater treatment. The Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) is one of many viable steps for treating water; however, it is important to understand the byproducts of the treatment process to avoid creating other constituents more severe than the first. Tartrazine (TAR) was oxidized with pulsed Ultra- Violet (UV) Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) in combination with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in an AOP at the laboratory scale. The relative concentration of TAR was reduced from 1 to between 1 – 0.75 over pH values between 6 and 9, and at Duty Cycles (DCs) ranging from 0% to100%. The first order rate constant for TAR removal was statistically and positively correlated with DC, was statistically and negatively correlated with pH, and was typically greatest at pH6. DC and pH were variables in a regression model of the first order rate constant with adjusted R2 of 0.85. Chromatographic contrast angle determinations revealed that the byproduct profile was most significantly influenced by pH 7 under both positive and negative ionization, by the 70% DC for the positive ionization, and 50% DC for the negative ionization. DC and pH were variables in regression models…

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