The objective of this study was to measure hydroxyl radical reaction rates using both UV/H2O2 and pulse radiolysis techniques for 10 US EPA Contaminant Candidate List compounds (2,6- and 2,4-DNT, EPTC, prometon, linuron, diuron, RDX, molinate, nitrobenzene, and terbacil). The rate constants determined using these techniques were compared to each other and to values reported in the literature. Difference factors between kOH obtained using UV/H2O2 and pulse radiolysis ranged from 1.1 to 4.7. It was shown that even small differences in hydroxyl radical rate constants values can result in fairly large differences (up to 50%) when trying to predict removals of pollutants in an advanced oxidation process.

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