The catalytic wet oxidation (CWO) process with Cu2+, Mn2+, and Ce2+ as catalysts, respectively, was applied to investigate the degradation of ferrocyanide (Fe(CN)64-) solution. For the conversions of Fe(CN)-64- during the noncatalytic wet oxidation (WO) process up to 99.9% was attained after a reaction time of 70 min. The COD removal efficiency was observed as only 38% in a noncatalytic oxidation; however, it could be enhanced to 75%, 61%, and 50% in the presence of Cu2+, Mn2+, and Ce2+, respectively. Both noncatalytic and catalytic wet oxidation processes of Fe(CN)-64- solution were considered to be a two-step reaction at pH 9.0 and temperatures of 433-473 K. The oxidation rate was initially fast, followed by a slow step, which did obey first-order kinetics with respect to chemical oxygen demand (COD). Both the 2+ and Ce2+ catalyzed oxidation showed a significant effect on the reduction of activation energy during the first reaction of the WO runs.

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