The purposes of this study were to evaluate the efficiency of acetone removal by electron beam irradiation in groundwater and the effect of various conditions. According to the results, the removal kinetics of acetone were pseudo first-order, and the removal efficiencies were expressed to the (%) removal and G-values. By adding sulfite, it was confirmed that acetone was mainly degraded by the reaction with the hydrated electrons. The presence of nitrate caused the removal of acetone to decrease. But there was no significant effect of alkalinity on the removal of acetone. The effect of the initial pH values (pH 5 to 9) on the acetone removal efficiency was negligible, but the pH value decreases due to the formation of acidic compounds after irradiation. Consequently, the radiation-induced removal reactions of acetone followed the pseudo-first-order kinetic model; in addition to the initial concentration of acetone, nitrate and the absorbed dose were important factors in removing acetone from an aqueous solution using electron beam irradiation. The effects of general pH and alkalinity on the degrading acetone were negligible.

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