Due to the difficult separation of superfine schorl powder (SSP) from solution after being used, millimetre-scale porous schorl ceramisite (PSC) was obtained through solid-phase sintering method and used as a heterogeneous catalyst for Fenton-like discoloration of organic dyes. SSP and PSC were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The results demonstrated that both SSP and PSC were mainly composed of schorl and there existed large amounts of micropores on the surface of PSC. A series of control experiments indicated that PSC exhibited higher Fenton-like catalytic activity than SSP. Methylene blue (MB) discoloration in both PSC-H2O2 and SSP-H2O2 systems followed pseudo-first-order kinetics and the reaction rate constant k1 obtained in PSC-H2O2 system was 3.23 times as large as the one in SSP-H2O2 system. Then, the process optimization of MB discoloration in heterogeneous Fenton-like reaction catalyzed by PSC was operated by central composite design under response surface methodology. Based on the model prediction, the optimum conditions for MB discoloration in this system were determined.

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