Journal of
Petroleum and Gas Engineering

  • Abbreviation: J. Petroleum Gas Eng.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2677
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPGE
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 110

Full Length Research Paper

Removal of polyaromatic hydrocarbons from waste water by electrocoagulation

Ehssan Mohamed Reda Nassef
  • Ehssan Mohamed Reda Nassef
  • Petrochemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Pharos University, Canal El Mahmoudia Street, Beside Green Plaza Complex Alexandria, Egypt.
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  •  Received: 08 April 2014
  •  Accepted: 18 August 2014
  •  Published: 26 September 2014


In the present study, two important groups of factors were studied; the first one corresponds to the Electrocoagulation (EC) process parameters such as current density, pH, electrolysis time and electrolyte concentration that were investigated in terms of their effects on the removal efficiencies of polyaromatic hydrocarbons,  specially β-naphthols.  The second group of factors analyses the effect of three different anode geometries on the percentage removal of β-naphthols. The present study achieved the following results: The optimum conditions for the removal of β-naphthols for cell No. 1 and 2 were achieved at current density 20 mA/cm2, initial pH 7 treated volumes 1.5 L, NaCl concentration 1 g/L and temperature 25°C. Meanwhile, the optimum conditions for cell No. 3 achieved at 106 mA/cm2, initial pH = 7, NaCl concentration = 1 g/L and temperature 25°C, treated volume = 0.5 L. The maximum separation efficiency was achieved for cell No. 1 and the lowest for cell No. 2.


Key words: PolyaromaticHydrocarbons, β-naphthols, electrocoagulation, waste water treatment.