Analytical Methods for the Measurement of Chlorine Dioxide and Related Oxychlorine Species in Aqueous Solution

by Körtvélyesi, Zsolt

Abstract (Summary)
The main goal of this research was to seek a better understanding of the analytical measurements of the oxychlorine species ClO2, Cl2O4-, and Cl2O3/Cl2O3-. The US EPA has developed a new colorimetric method for the measurement of ClO2 and chlorite ion (Method 327.0). This method is based on the decolorization of the dye Lissamine Green B (LGB) by ClO2. Chlorite ion is converted to ClO2 by Horseradish Peroxidase enzyme and measured with LGB. In the current work, the performance of this method (method detection limit, accuracy, and precision) was evaluated. The interference from dissolved chlorine, chloramine, iron(II), manganese(II), permanganate, and chlorate ions was studied. The underlying chemistry of these reactions is described and used to differentiate between interference and demand. A new method is suggested for the preparation of ClO2 standards by illuminating a mixture of chlorite ion and a photoacid. By using this method, ClO2 standards could be prepared reproducibly. Possible future developments for the method are also discussed. Chlorite ion interferes with the spectrophotometric measurement of ClO2 due to the formation of the Cl2O4- complex. This complex has higher molar absorptivity than ClO2 at longer wavelengths where the absorbance of concentrated ClO2 solutions is measured. The formation constant of the complex is 5.0 M-1 as determined in this work. Based on this value, the molar absorptivity of the complex was calculated as a function of wavelength. These values were used to give recommendations to adjust the currently used spectrophotometric measurements. A new mixed disinfectant solution was developed and tested. This disinfectant is created from dissolved chlorine and ClO2. It is a potent disinfectant due to the formation of reactive intermediates resulting from the ClO2–chlorine reaction. A combination of chemical kinetic and microbiological results was used to estimate the efficacy of the new solutions. It was shown that in this way, fewer microbiological tests are required than using only microbiological results. This leads to shorter development time and lower costs.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Miami University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:chlorine dioxide chlorite ion analytical measurement mixed disinfectant lissamin green b horseradish peroxidase


Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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