The efficiency and mechanism in degradation of 2-methylisoborneol (MIB) as a taste and odour compound in drinking water were studied under the condition where γ-alumina catalysed ozonation. As a result, γ-alumina can show distinct activity in enhancing the efficiency of ozonation of MIB. Tert-butyl alcohol had a remarkable effect on the removal efficiency of catalytic ozonation of MIB. The surface charge status, surface hydroxyl group status of γ-alumina, and pH values of the solution can be linked together. When the pH value of the solution was near the pHzpc of γ-Al2O3, there was observable activity in the catalysed ozonation process. Rct, which denoted the relative concentration of hydroxyl radical (·OH), was much higher in the catalysed ozonation process than in the ozonation process. This result further illuminated that γ-Al2O3 can promote ozone decomposition to produce ·OH. Finally, the effect of rP/I on catalysed ozone decomposition and ozone decomposition was investigated.

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