The kinetics of the heterogeneous ozonation of phenol and 27 nitrophenols representing a wide array of functional groups have been studied. In the systems examined, the process has been found to be zero order with respect to phenolic concentration which indicates mass transfer as the prime control on the process. Analysis of the first order rate constants has permitted computation of overall mass transfer coefficients for all compounds. The coefficients were sixty percent lower than the kLa values measured by others in water and showed very little variation regardless of chemical structure of the phenol. Efforts at development of a QSAR model for the kinetics were fruitless.

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