Formation of Nitrates in Aqueous Solutions Treated with Pulsed Corona Discharge: The Impact of Organic Pollutants

Sergey Preis, Iris Panorel, Sergi Llauger Coll, Iakov Kornev

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Pulsed corona discharge (PCD) in oxygen-nitrogen mixtures results in formation of nitrogen oxides, transformed to aqueous nitrates in contact with water. The experimental research into the impact of formate and oxalate to nitrate formation in aqueous solutions treated with PCD was undertaken. The impact of paracetamol, ibuprofen, indomethacin and their oxidation products to nitrate formation was also analyzed. Pharmaceuticals obstructed nitrate formation, while carboxylic anions and pharmaceuticals' oxidation products noticeably improved nitrate formation in treated solutions as compared to water. The nitrate formation enhancement is explained by the aqueous ozone decomposition and hydroxyl radical formation known to be improved by carboxylic anions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-99
Number of pages6
JournalOzone: Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014



  • Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP)
  • Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
  • Hydroxyl Radical
  • Ozone
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Engineering

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