Kinetics and mechanisms of pH-dependent direct photolysis of p-arsanilic acid under UV-C light

Jing Xu, Xiangyi Shen, Duanli Wang, Chuxuan Zhao, Zizheng Liu, Ivan P. Pozdnyakov, Feng Wu, Jun Xia

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The usage of p-arsanilic acid (ASA) in livestock and poultry farms leads to its release into the environment. The phototransformation of ASA generates toxic inorganic arsenic species and organic by-products, which affects the water security of the peripheral river basin. In this work, we have investigated the pH-dependent kinetics and mechanisms of ASA photolysis under Ultraviolet-C (UV-C) light (254 nm) irradiation in the pH range 1–11 in the absence of oxygen. The degradation rate of ASA, the ratio of the generated inorganic arsenic species, and the amount of primary organic by-products were determined under the aforesaid conditions. Our results clearly showed the pH-dependent photochemistry of ASA. The photolysis rate was low under acidic conditions, and As(III) and p-aminophenol were the main products. With increasing pH, the photolysis rate increased significantly, and As(V) and aniline became the main products. A pH-based kinetic model has been established that allows prediction of the generation rates of As(III), As(V), p-aminophenol, and aniline according to the photolysis rate of ASA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-341
Number of pages8
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2018


  • Direct photolysis
  • Kinetic modeling
  • p-arsanilic acid
  • pH-Dependent mechanism

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