Faculty Advisor

Bergendahl, John Andrew

Faculty Advisor

Faber, Brenton

Abstract

This project examines the degradation of 1,4-dioxane in water using ultraviolet light (UV) photolysis and hydrogen peroxide oxidation as well as the societal dynamics associated with 1,4- dioxane release sites. UV and hydrogen peroxide treatment doses ranging from 1:1 to 1:15 (1,4-dioxane: hydrogen peroxide molar ratio). The concentration of 1,4-dioxane was quantified with gas chromatography (GC). Each dose of hydrogen peroxide effectively degraded the 1,4-dioxane. Ninety percent removal of 1,4-dioxane was achieved with a 15-minute exposure time and a molar ratio of 1:5. The study of median household income and poverty rates of towns in which the 1,4-dioxane was released indicated a correlation between social determents and presence of 1,4-dioxane.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014

Major

Environmental Engineering

Major

Civil Engineering

Major

Professional Writing

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

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