Ozone decomposition in aqueous solution proceeds through a radical type chain mechanism. These reactions involve the very reactive and catalytic intermediates hydroxyl (OH) radical, O2 radical, HO2 radical, OH, H2O2, etc. OH radical is proposed as an important factor in the ozonation of water. In the previous study, generation of OH radical in the ozonation of water containing 3-chlorophenol was mathematically evaluated. In this study, we estimated the kinetic equation for the effect of 3-chlorophenol on OH radical generation during ozonation using the power law equation, in order to analyze it more correctly. The OH radical was trapped with a 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide (DMPO) as a stable adduct, DMPO-OH. The relationship between the ozone concentration, 3-chlorophenol content, and the initial velocity (ν0) of DMPO-OH generation was analyzed mathematically, and the following equation was obtained: ν0 (10−6 M/s)=(1.58×10−5)×[3-chlorophenol (10−6 M)]×[ozone (10−6 M)]2.40+(3.09×10−5)×[ozone (10−6 M)]1.72. The equation fitted very well with the experimental results, and square of the correlation coefficient was larger than 0.9.

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