Degradation of the antimicrobial triclocarban (TCC) with ozone

Chedly Tizaoui, Naser Grima, Nidal Hilal

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Triclocarban (TCC) has been used as an antimicrobial compound for many decades due to its sanitising properties. Recent studies showed that TCC is toxic and causes disruption to the endocrine system. In this work, ozone oxidation of TCC was studied in 70% acetonitrile:30% water solutions. Ozone degraded TCC effectively and the reaction rates increased substantially with ozone gas concentration, pH and temperature. Second-order-reaction kinetics was suitable to describe the chemical reaction. The effect of temperature was described by the Arrhenius equation and the activation energy was found equal to 31.0kJ/mol. The stoichiometry of the reaction was one and the value of the rate constant at pH 7 was 5×103M-1s-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)637-643
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2011


  • Mass transfer with chemical reaction
  • Oxidation kinetics
  • Ozone
  • Rate constant
  • Triclocarban (TCC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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