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Evaluation of Nanotechniques and Conventional Techniques for the Removal of Dioxins

[ Vol. 9 , Issue. 1 ]


Vaishali V. Shahare*, Rajni Grover and Suman Meena   Pages 79 - 84 ( 6 )


Background: The persistent dioxins/furans has caused a worldwide concern as they influence the human health. Recent research indicates that nonmaterial may prove effective in the degradation of Dioxins/furans. The nanomaterials are very reactive owing to their large surface area to volume ratio and large number of reactive sites. However, nanotechnology applications face both the challenges and the opportunities to influence the area of environmental protection.

Objective: i) To study the impact of oil mediated UV-irradiations on the removal of 2,3,7,8-TCDD, 2,3,7,8-TCDF, OCDD and OCDF in simulated soil samples.

ii) To compare the conventional treatment methods with the modern available nanotechniques for the removal of selected Dioxins/furans from soil samples.

Methods: The present work has investigated an opportunity of the degradation of tetra and octachlorinated dioxins and furans by using oil mediated UV radiations with subsequent extraction of respective dioxins/furans from soils. The results have been compared with the available nanotechniques.

Results: The dioxin congeners in the simulated soil sample showed decrease in concentration with the increase in the exposure time and intensity of UV radiations. The dechlorination of PCDD/Fs using palladized iron has been found to be effective.

Conclusion: Both the conventional methods and nanotechnology have a dramatic impact on the removal of Dioxins/furans in contaminated soil. However, the nanotechniques are comparatively costlier and despite the relatively high rates of PCDDs dechlorination by Pd/nFe, small fraction of the dioxins are recalcitrant to degradation over considerable exposure times.


Nanomaterials, dioxins/furans, contaminated soil samples, ultra-violet radiations, groundnut oil, soil contamination, degradation.


Rajdhani College, University of Delhi, New Delhi-110015, Rajdhani College, University of Delhi, New Delhi-110015, Rajdhani College, University of Delhi, New Delhi-110015

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