Degradation of methiocarb by monochloramine in water treatment: Kinetics and pathways

Degradation of methiocarb by monochloramine in water treatment: Kinetics and pathways

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Degradation of methiocarb by monochloramine in water treatment: Kinetics and pathways Zhimin Qiang a,*, Fang Tian a,b, Wenjun Liu b, Chao Liu a a

State Key Laboratory of Environmental Aquatic Chemistry, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 18 Shuang-qing Road, Beijing 100085, China b School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

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The micropollution of drinking water sources with pesticides has become a global concern.

Received 12 April 2013

This work investigated the degradation of methiocarb (MC), a most commonly-used

Received in revised form

carbamate pesticide, by monochloramine (NH2Cl) under simulated water treatment con-

5 December 2013

ditions. Results indicate that the reaction was of first-order in MC and varied orders in

Accepted 7 December 2013

NH2Cl depending on water pH. The observed rate constant of MC degradation decreased

Available online 18 December 2013

quickly with either a decrease in the molar ratio of chlorine to ammonia (Cl2:N) or an increase in water pH. The apparent activation energy of the reaction was determined to be


34 kJ mol1. The MC degradation pathways also exhibited a strong pH dependence: at pH


6.5, MC was first oxidized by NH2Cl to methiocarb sulfoxide (MCX), and then hydrolyzed to


methiocarb sulfoxide phenol (MCXP); while at pH 8.5, MCX, MCXP and methiocarb sulfone

Degradation pathways

phenol (MCNP) were formed successively through either oxidation or hydrolysis reactions.

Kinetic modeling

Based on the identified byproducts and their concentrations evolution, the proposed

Water treatment

pathways of MC degradation in the presence of NH2Cl were further validated through kinetic model simulations. ª 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.



Methiocarb (mesurol, 3,5-dimethyl-4-(methylthio)phenyl methylcarbamate) (MC) is one of the most commonly-used carbamate pesticides worldwide (Keum et al., 2000; Gitahi et al., 2002; Altinok et al., 2006). It has been frequently detected in groundwater in various countries at concentrations ranging from 0.03 to 5.40 mg L1 (Barcelo et al., 1996; Garcia de Llasera and Bernal-Gonzalez, 2001; Squillace et al., 2002; APVMA, 2005). Although the detected concentrations of MC in natural waters are generally low, it poses a serious health threat to aquatic life and human considering

its high toxicity. The oral LD50 in rats for MC is in the range of 13e130 mg kg1 body weight (bw) (Marrs, 1998). In aqueous environments, MC can be degraded to methiocarb sulfoxide (MCX) or lose its carbamate group to yield methiocarb phenol (MCP) (UNFAO and WHO, 1999; APVMA, 2005). The byproduct MCX is more toxic than MC, with an oral LD50 in rats of 6e43 mg kg1 bw (Marrs, 1998). MCX is hence listed in the Priority List of Transformation Products in Great British Drinking Water Supplies as a result of comprehensive evaluations based on pesticide usage, toxicity, transformation products, mobility, and persistence (Sinclair et al., 2006).

* Corresponding author. Tel.: þ86 10 62849632; fax: þ86 10 62923541. E-mail address: [email protected] (Z. Qiang). 0043-1354/$ e see front matter ª 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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Methiocarb Methiocarb sulfone Methiocarb sulfone phenol Methiocarb phenol Methiocarb sulfoxide Methiocarb sulfoxide phenol

Monochloramine (NH2Cl) has been increasingly used as an alternative disinfectant to free chlorine or as a secondary disinfectant post chlorination because it is less reactive towards natural organic matter (NOM) and thus produces a lower level of regulated disinfection byproducts (DBPs) (Duirk et al., 2002; Greyshock and Vikesland, 2006). Extensive researches have been conducted on the formation of DBPs during water monochloramination (Choi and Valentine, 2002; Qi et al., 2004). Though NH2Cl has a low reactivity towards NOM, it can still react with many chemical contaminants with reaction rates dependent on water pH and the molar ratio of chlorine to ammonia (Cl2:N) (Heasley et al., 2004; Sandı´nEspan˜a et al., 2005; Chamberlain and Adams, 2006; Greyshock and Vikesland, 2006). In general, its reactivity towards a chemical contaminant increases as water pH decreases. It was also reported that the degradation of triclosan by NH2Cl slowed down as the Cl2:N ratio decreased (Greyshock and Vikesland, 2006). Although water treatment processes can sometimes reduce the concentrations of many pesticides (Ormad et al., 2008), the formation of byproducts may increase the toxicity of treated water (Wu and Laird, 2003). Our previous study has found that the toxicity of MC solution increased after ClO2 treatment (Tian et al., 2010). However, to date, little is known about the kinetics and mechanism of MC degradation by NH2Cl, particularly in terms of degradation byproducts. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the reaction kinetics, identify major degradation byproducts, and elucidate the pathways of MC degradation in the presence of NH2Cl. The results would clarify the fate and behavior of MC during water disinfection with NH2Cl, thus help ensure the drinking water safety.


Materials and methods



MC (98.5%) was purchased from Dr. Ehrenstorfer GmbH, and MCX (98.2%), MCN (94.4%) and N,O-bis(trimethylsilyl)-trifluoroacetamide (BSTFA) containing 1% trimethylchlorosilane were from SigmaeAldrich. Methanol, acetone, and acetonitrile of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) grade were obtained from Fisher Scientific, and methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE, HPLC grade) was from Tedia. Other chemicals were of at least analytical grade and used without further purification. The stock solutions of MC, MCX and MCN were prepared individually in methanol with a concentration of about

200e300 mg L1. The mixed calibration standards containing MC, MCX and MCN (0.25e10.0 mM) were prepared from their stock solutions and 0.1 M HCl was added to prevent hydrolysis. The standard solutions of MCP, MCXP and MCNP were prepared respectively by hydrolyzing a desired volume of the stock solutions of MC, MCX and MCN with 1 mL of 2.0 M NaOH for about 1 min, and then acidifying with 5 mL of 2.0 M HCl. The completeness of hydrolysis was confirmed by liquid chromatography/photodiode array/mass spectrometry (LC/ PDA/MS, Alliance 2695 HPLC and ZQ4000 MSD, Waters) analysis. NH2Cl was freshly prepared by mixing NaOCl and NH4Cl solutions at a Cl2:N molar ratio of 0.8 at about pH 10 except otherwise stated. NH4Cl was purposely applied in excess to achieve a 100% yield of NH2Cl and suppress the spontaneous decomposition of the formed NH2Cl as well (Qiang and Adams, 2004). All reaction solutions were prepared with ultrapure water produced by a Milli-Q system (Advantage A10, Millipore) and buffered with 10 mM phosphate in the pH range of 6.1e8.9.


Hydrolysis experiments

The hydrolysis kinetics of MC, MCX and MCN was studied separately in 60 mL brown glass reactors to exclude potential light influence. The reaction solution of a target compound was freshly prepared by diluting its stock solution with ultrapure water containing 10 mM KH2PO4. The hydrolysis reaction was initiated by addition of a desired volume of 2.0 M NaOH solution and terminated by addition of 2.0 M HCl solution. Samples were withdrawn at pre-selected time intervals and analyzed for the residual MC concentrations with HPLC/PDA.


Degradation experiments

MC degradation by NH2Cl was studied under pseudo-firstorder conditions with at least 10-fold excess of NH2Cl in a pH range of 6.1e8.9 and a temperature range of 6e33  C. Experiments were conducted in 250 mL brown glass reactors to exclude potential light influence. To restrain MC from hydrolysis, the reaction solution of MC (10 mM) was freshly prepared by spiking a desired volume of its stock solution into 100 mL of ultrapure water buffered with 10 mM KH2PO4. Note that the presence of methanol, at a level of below 1.0% (v/v), has negligible impact on the reaction of NH2Cl towards an organic compound (Greyshock and Vikesland, 2006). Our preliminary experiment had also confirmed that 0.8% (v/v) methanol exerted insignificant influence on MC degradation by NH2Cl in this study. After adjusting the reaction solution pH, a desired volume of NH2Cl stock solution was spiked to initiate the reaction. Samples were withdrawn at pre-selected time intervals, and the residual oxidant was immediately quenched with preadded Na2SO3 solution. Each sample was extracted with 2 mL of MTBE, and then analyzed with gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry (GC/MS, 7890 GC and 5975 MSD, Agilent) to determine the residual MC concentration. The degradation experiments were conducted in duplicate, and the relative standard deviations of all measurement data were determined to be below 5%.

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Analytical methods

MC was analyzed with GC/MS equipped with an HP-5 capillary column (30 m  0.25 mm, 0.25 mm) in kinetic experiments. The injection temperature was 280  C, and the column temperature was programmed as follows: started at 90  C and held for 1 min, ramped at 20  C min1 to 280  C and then held for 2 min. High purity helium gas was used as the carrier gas at a flow rate of 1 mL min1. The MS quadrupole and source temperatures were set at 150 and 230  C, respectively. The quantification and confirmation ions for MC adopted in the selective ion mode (SIM) were 168 and 153, respectively. NH2Cl was measured with Hach Indophenol Method 10172 on a UVeVis spectrophotometer (DR5000, Hach). Solution pH and temperature were measured simultaneously by using a Mettler Toledo Delta 320 pH meter. Byproducts formed during MC degradation by NH2Cl were identified with GC/MS and HPLC/PDA/MS. MCXP and MCNP were identified with GC/MS as follows: 1) transfer the sample to a glass tube of cuspate bottom; 2) evaporate it under vacuum until dryness in a water bath of 40  C; 3) add 100 mL BSTFA and 100 mL pyridine to the dry residue; 4) vortex for 20 s with the tube capped and heat in a water bath of 60  C for 20 min; 5) cool the mixture down to room temperature, and blow off the residual BSTFA and pyridine under a gentle stream of nitrogen gas; and 6) dissolve the resulting derivatives in 1 mL acetone and analyze with GC/MS. MCX was identified with HPLC/MS by comparing its retention time and MS spectrum with those of an authentic standard. An Atlantis C18 column (150 mm  2.1 mm, 3 mm) was used for organic separation at a constant temperature of 40  C and an acetonitrile/water eluent flow rate of 0.2 mL min1. The eluent gradient consisted of 3 min elution with 20% acetonitrile, linearly ramped to 60% acetonitrile over 5 min and held for 4 min, and then decreased to 20% acetonitrile over 3 min and held for 10 min. The MS system was operated in the positive ionization mode with an electrospray ionization source under the following conditions: capillary voltage 3.5 kV, cone voltage 20 V, source temperature 120  C, and desolvation temperature 300  C. High purity nitrogen gas was used as both cone and desolvation gases at a flow rate of 50 and 300 L h1, respectively. After being identified, the three major byproducts (MCXP, MCNP and MCX) together with the parent compound (MC) were further quantified by HPLC/PDA in a wavelength range from 209 to 211 nm under the separation conditions mentioned above.


Results and discussion


Determination of reaction order

Previous studies have shown that the reaction between NH2Cl and an organic compound is usually of first-order with respect to the organic compound (Greyshock and Vikesland, 2006; Chamberlain and Adams, 2006; Rodrı´guez et al., 2007). Fig. 1a shows the pseudo-first-order kinetic simulation (Eq. (1)) for MC degradation at pH 7.5 with various initial NH2Cl

Fig. 1 e Determination of the reaction order for MC degradation by NH2Cl: (a) plot of ln([MC]/[MC]o) vs. reaction time at pH 7.5; (b) plot of lgkh vs. pH for MC and MCX; and (c) plot of lnkox,MC vs. ln[NH2Cl] at pHs 7.5 and 8.5. Experimental conditions: [MC]o [ [MCX]o [ 10 mM, T [ 26 ± 2  C.


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It is known that MC can hydrolyze to MCP in aqueous solution (UNFAO and WHO, 1999; APVMA, 2005). Hence, the kobs was ascribed to both hydrolysis and oxidation reactions in the presence of NH2Cl. To attain the oxidation rate of MC (kox,MC) by NH2Cl, the hydrolysis rate (kh,MC) was determined experimentally under various pH conditions. Fig. 1b shows that the lg(kh,MC) increased linearly with the solution pH. The oxidation rate of MC by NH2Cl can be expressed as follows: d½MC=dt ¼ k00 ½NH2 Cl ½MC m


where k00 is the specific rate constant and m is the reaction order with respect to NH2Cl. When NH2Cl is applied in large excess, Eq. (2) can be rearranged to: ln kox;MC ¼ m ln½NH2 Cl þ ln k00


Fig. 1c shows the plot of lnkox,MC vs. ln[NH2Cl] at pHs 7.5 and 8.5. At pH 7.5, m was equal to 0.75 (the slope) and k00 was calculated from the intercept to be 0.48 M0.75 s1. At pH 8.5, the values of m and k00 significantly decreased to 0.32 and 2.02  103 M0.32 s1, respectively. It is seen that the reaction order with respect to NH2Cl was lower than 1 and strongly pH dependent. Similar results were reported for the reactions between two other carbamates (i.e., methomyl and aldicarb) and chlorine (Mason et al., 1990). Since pH was a critical influential factor, its effect on MC degradation was further examined.


Fig. 2 e (a) Plot of ln([MC]/[MC]o) vs. reaction time at different pHs; and (b) plot of lgkox,MC vs. pH. Experimental conditions: [MC]o [ 10 mM, [NH2Cl]o [ 0.218 mM, T [ 26 ± 2  C.

concentrations. The good linearity of the fitting curves indicates a first-order reaction in MC.  ln ½MC=½MCo ¼ kobs t


where kobs represents the observed pseudo-first-order rate constant of MC degradation.

Effect of pH

The pH dependence of MC degradation by NH2Cl is manifested in Fig. 2a. Results indicate that the observed degradation rate of MC (kobs) decreased from 24.37 h1 at pH 6.10 to 0.53 h1 at pH 8.89. After subtracting the hydrolysis rate, the lgkox,MC exhibited a linear decrease with an increase in the solution pH (Fig. 2b). The reaction between MC and NH2Cl could be promoted by hydrogen ion (Hþ), since NH2Cl would neither protonate nor deprotonate in the studied pH range (pKa ¼ 1.45) (Gray et al., 1978) and MC would not ionize in aqueous solution (UNFAO and WHO, 1999). The possible mechanism for MC oxidation, according to Peskin and Winterbourn (2001), is illustrated in Scheme 1. Hydrogen ion could catalytically promote the transfer of chlorine from NH2Cl to the sulfur of MC, yielding a chlorosulfonium cationic intermediate. Afterward, sulfoxide was formed as a result of the hydrolysis of this intermediate. In addition, NH2Cl would hydrolyze weakly to produce HOCl that has a much higher reactivity than NH2Cl

Scheme 1 e Acid-catalyzed MC degradation by NH2Cl.

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(Chamberlain and Adams, 2006; Qiang et al., 2006; Rodrı´guez et al., 2007). The degree of NH2Cl hydrolysis increases with a decrease in the solution pH (Morris and Issac, 1983). The secondary HOCl may also contribute to the MC degradation. To clarify the role of HOCl in MC degradation, the effect of Cl2:N ratio was further examined.


Effect of Cl2:N ratio

In the pH range of 6.5e8.5, which is typical for drinking water treatment, NH2Cl is predominantly produced at a Cl2:N ratio 5:1 (by weight); otherwise, breakpoint chlorination will occur which reduces the residual chlorine. For chloramination, water utilities generally apply a Cl2:N weight ratio between 3 and 5 (i.e., molar ratio of 0.6e1.0) (USEPA, 1999). In the chloramination process, the hydrolysis of NH2Cl will yield HOCl (Eq. (4)). Due to its high oxidation potential, HOCl cannot be neglected even though at a very low concentration. Therefore, MC degradation may be attributed to both the direct reaction with NH2Cl and the simultaneous indirect reaction with HOCl. NH2 Cl þ H2 O#HOCl þ NH3



Proposed degradation pathways

It was reported that MC could either be degraded to MCX or lose its carbamate group via hydrolysis to yield MCP in aqueous solution (UNFAO and WHO, 1999; APVMA, 2005). Since the solution pH greatly impacted MC degradation by NH2Cl as mentioned above, it could also alter the degradation pathways and produce different byproducts. The formation of byproducts along with MC degradation by NH2Cl was studied at pH values of 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5, as shown in Fig. 3. Results indicate that at pH 6.5, MC was


To examine the contribution of HOCl to MC degradation, experiments were conducted at various molar ratios of Cl2:N (from 0.79 to 0.01) at pH 7.5. Table 1 indicates that the observed degradation rate of MC (kobs) first decreased with a decreasing Cl2:N ratio from 0.79 to 0.35, and then approached nearly constant at molar ratios no more than 0.05. It is inferred that MC was also oxidized by HOCl besides NH2Cl, and a higher Cl2:N ratio caused a more significant contribution of HOCl to MC degradation. This result is similar to the degradation of triclosan by NH2Cl (Greyshock and Vikesland, 2006).


Effect of temperature

The effect of temperature on MC degradation was studied at pH 7.5 from 6 to 33  C, which represents a typical temperature range for drinking water treatment. The results indicate that the kobs increased rapidly with an increase in temperature at a constant pH (Fig. S1), as expressed by the Arrhenius equation: kobs ¼ 5:37  106 expð4083:7=TÞ


The apparent activation energy was calculated to be 34 kJ mol1, which is considerably lower than 75 kJ mol1 for MC reaction with ClO2 (Tian et al., 2010). According to this value, a 10  C temperature increase will raise the reaction rate by 1.6 times.

Table 1 e The observed pseudo-first-order rate constant (kobs) of MC degradation by NH2Cl at various molar ratios of Cl2:N ([MC]o [ 10 mM, pH [ 7.5, T [ 25 ± 2  C). Cl2:N 0.79 0.65 0.51 0.35 0.05 0.01

[NH2Cl] (mM)

kobs (h1)

0.507 0.430 0.401 0.408 0.451 0.514

6.065 4.449 3.928 2.669 2.024 2.074

Fig. 3 e Byproducts formation along with MC degradation by NH2Cl at: (a) pH 6.5; (b) pH 7.5; and (c) pH 8.5. Experimental conditions: [MC]o [ 9.3e10 mM; [NH2Cl]o [ 1.108 mM, T [ 26 ± 2  C; mass balance was based on benzene ring; the relative standard deviations of all measurement data were below 10%.


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Based on the identified byproducts and their concentrations evolution over the reaction course, the degradation pathways of MC in the presence of NH2Cl were proposed (Fig. 4). Although NH2Cl oxidation played a primary role in MC degradation, hydrolysis reactions occurred simultaneously. The initial attack of NH2Cl on the sulfur of MC produced a major oxidation byproduct, MCX, which could hydrolyze easily to MCXP in aqueous solution. In the meanwhile, the hydrolysis of MC led to the formation of MCP, whose continuous oxidation by NH2Cl yielded MCXP. The oxidation rate of MCP by NH2Cl (kox,MCP) was experimentally determined to be 7.23 h1 at pH 8.5 (Fig. 5a), which is much higher than its formation rate through the hydrolysis of MC (0.10 h1, experimentally determined, Table 2) at the same pH. As a consequence, MCP could not be detected in the reaction


a -0.15 y = -0.03x R2 = 0.965 ln (C/Co)

oxidized quickly to MCX within 10 min, which was a major and fairly stable byproduct. A small amount of MCXP was also detected due to the further hydrolysis of MCX, which only accounted for about 3% of the initial MC concentration at the end of the reaction (i.e., 2 h). The good mass balance on the basis of benzene ring (i.e., including MC, MCX and MCXP) throughout the reaction course indicates that all major byproducts were identified at this pH. At pH 7.5, the MC degradation was retarded to some extent, but MCX was still a major byproduct; more MCXP was generated due to an enhanced hydrolysis of MCX at this elevated pH, which accounted for 22% of the initial MC concentration at 2 h. At pH 8.5, the concentration of MCX decreased greatly because of its rapid hydrolysis to MCXP under a basic condition, which accounted for 59% of the initial MC concentration at 2 h. Moreover, MCNP emerged as a new byproduct and accumulated with reaction time, implying that NH2Cl could more easily oxidize MCXP than MCX. The mass balance based on benzene ring showed a deficiency of ca. 15% at the end of the reaction, most probably due to some unidentified byproducts. Because MCX is more toxic than MC and other identified byproducts (i.e., MCXP and MCNP), the MC solution would have a less toxicity after treatment by NH2Cl at a higher pH (Fig. S2).

-0.3 y = -0.07x R2 = 0.998

y = -7.23x R2 = 0.994




Methiocarb (MC) –



-0.6 0









Time (h)


b 8

Methiocarb sulfoxide (MCX)





Methiocarb sulfoxide phenol (MCXP) NH2Cl



MC C (µM)

Methiocarb phenol (MCP)


4 MCX 2 MCNP 0 0.0








Time (h)

Methiocarb sulfone phenol (MCNP) NH2Cl


Further oxidation byproducts Fig. 4 e Proposed pathways of MC degradation in the presence of NH2Cl.

Fig. 5 e (a) The degradation kinetics of MCP, MCXP and MCNP by NH2Cl ([MCP]o [ [MCXP]o [ [MCNP]o [ 10 mM); and (b) the model simulations of byproducts formation along with MC degradation by NH2Cl ([MC]o [ 10 mM). Experimental conditions: [NH2Cl]o [ 0.486 mM, pH [ 8.5, T [ 26 ± 2  C; the symbols represent measurement data and the curves represent model-fitting; the relative standard deviations of all measurement data were below 10%.


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Table 2 e Comparison of experimental and modeled rate constants of related reactions for MC degradation in the presence of NH2Cl (pH [ 8.5, T [ 26 ± 2  C). No.

1 2 3 4 5 6 a

Rate constants (h1)

Reactions kox;MC

NHþ 4

MC þ NH2 Cl þ H2 O / MCX þ þ Cl kh;MC MC þ H2 O / MCP þ CH3 NH2 þ CO2 kh;MCX MCX þ H2 O / MCXP þ CH3 NH2 þ CO2 kox;MCP  MCP þ NH2 Cl þ H2 O / MCXP þ NHþ 4 þ Cl kox;MCXP  MCXP þ NH2 Cl þ H2 O / MCNP þ NHþ 4 þ Cl kox;MCNP MCNP þ NH2 Cl þ H2 O / other byproducts

Modeled data

kox,MC ¼ 1.07  0.03 kh,MC ¼ 0.10  0.01 kh,MCx ¼ 1.19  0.08 kox,MCP ¼ 7.23  0.02 kox,MCxP ¼ 0.07  0.00 kox,MCNP ¼ 0.03  0.01

kox,MC ¼ 1.09 kh,MC ¼ 0.11 kh,MCx ¼ 1.07 e kox,MCxP ¼ 0.07 kox,MCNP ¼ 0.05

Mean  standard deviation (n ¼ 2).

solution. A further attack on the e(S]O)e moiety of MCXP by NH2Cl generated MCNP, and the reaction rate constant was measured to be 0.07 h1 at pH 8.5 (Fig. 5a). MCNP was also reactive towards NH2Cl, although with a notably lower rate constant (0.03 h1, Fig. 5a). It is seen that the reaction rates of the phenolic byproducts towards NH2Cl decreased successively from MCP, MCXP, to MCNP. The proposed pathways suggest that a basic condition should favor the degradation of MC by NH2Cl because MCXP and MCNP are much less toxic than MC and MCX (Fig. S2). To verify the proposed pathways of MC degradation in the presence of NH2Cl, Scientist software (Micromath, Salt Lake, UT) was utilized to simulate the formation of byproducts along with the degradation of MC at pH 8.5 based upon the related reactions as listed in Table 2. Considering the fact that MCP was formed but could not be detected during the reaction course, in the model simulation process, the two-step pathways from MC to MCP (via hydrolysis) and further to MCXP (via oxidation) were simplified as one transformation step, i.e., directly from MC to MCXP with a rate constant of kh,MC. This simplification is reasonable because the hydrolysis of MC to MCP (kh,MC ¼ 0.10 h1) was the rate-limiting step in comparison to the oxidation of MCP to MCXP (kox,MCP ¼ 7.23 h1). The simulated curves are presented in Fig. 5b, and the simulated rate constants are given in Table 2. The good agreement between model predictions and experimental measurements well confirms the rationality of the proposed pathways for MC degradation in the presence of NH2Cl.


Experimental dataa


This work investigated the kinetics and pathways of MC degradation by NH2Cl under typical water treatment conditions. Based on the experimental results, the following conclusions can be drawn:  The reaction between MC and NH2Cl was of first-order in MC and varied orders in NH2Cl. The observed pseudo-firstorder rate constant of MC degradation was strongly pH dependent, which quickly decreased from 24.37 to 0.53 h1 as the solution pH increased from 6.10 to 8.89.  MC degradation was attributed to both the direct reaction with NH2Cl and the indirect reaction with HOCl produced from NH2Cl hydrolysis. The apparent activation energy for MC reacting with NH2Cl was determined as 34 kJ mol1.

 MCX and MCXP were two major byproducts identified in MC degradation by NH2Cl at pHs 6.5 and 7.5, while MCNP emerged as a new byproduct at pH 8.5. Although NH2Cl oxidation played a primary role in MC degradation, hydrolysis reactions occurred simultaneously, especially under basic conditions.  The proposed pathways of MC degradation in the presence of NH2Cl were substantiated through kinetic model simulations.

Acknowledgments This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation (51290281, 51221892) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (2012BAJ25B04, 2012ZX07404-004) of China.

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