Héctor D Mansilla

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Multivariate experimental design was applied to the treatment of a cellulose conventional bleaching effluent in order to evaluate the use of the Fenton reagent under solar light irradiation. The effluent was characterised by the general parameters total organic carbon (TOC), chemical oxygen demand and color, and it was analysed for chlorinated low molecular(More)
The degradation, by several advanced oxidation reactions, of a pulp mill ECF bleaching effluent, was studied. The initial biodegradability of the organic matter present in the effluent, estimated as the BOD5/COD, was low (0.3). When the effluent was submitted to ozonation and to five different advanced oxidation systems (O3/UV, O3/UV/ZnO, O3/UV/TiO2,(More)
In the work presented here, a photocatalytic system using titanium Degussa P-25 in suspension was used to evaluate the degradation of 20mg L(-1) of antibiotic oxolinic acid (OA). The effects of catalyst load (0.2-1.5 g L(-1)) and pH (7.5-11) were evaluated and optimized using the surface response methodology and the Pareto diagram. In the range of variables(More)
A cellulose bleaching effluent (E1) was degraded in batch conditions by photocatalysis using TiO2 and ZnO supported on glass Raschig rings. The effluent was completely decolourised and the total phenol content was reduced by 85% after 120 min treatment with both catalysts. Partial mineralization of the organic matter was confirmed by total organic carbon(More)
Leather tanning effluents are a source of severe environmental impacts. In particular, the unhairing stage, belonging to the beamhouse processes, generates an alkaline wastewater with high concentrations of organic matter, sulphides, suspended solids, and salts, which shows significant toxicity. The objective of this work was to evaluate the biodegradation(More)
The analysis for arsenic in hair is commonly used in epidemiological studies to assess exposure to this toxic element. However, poor correlation between total arsenic concentration in hair and water sources have been found in previous studies. Exclusive determination of endogenous arsenic in the hair, excluding external contamination has become an(More)
This paper discusses the degradation of the antibiotic ampicillin (AMP) by Fenton and photo-Fenton reactions. The influence of the three main variables that govern the degradation kinetic (pH, H(2)O(2) and Fe(II) concentrations) was evaluated with a circumscribed central composite (CCC) model and a response surface methodology (RSM). The optimal conditions(More)
This work studied the photocatalysed oxidation of the antibiotic oxolinic acid (OA) in an annular reactor operated with immobilized TiO(2) on sintered glass cylinders (SGC). Experiments were carried out in 1l solution of OA (18 mg l(-1)) at pH 9 with oxygen bubbling. Irradiation was performed with black light (36 W). The reaction was monitored by COD, TOC(More)
Effluents from small and medium sized chemical plants may contain significant amounts of poorly biodegradable aromatic compounds, which could negatively affect water quality and public health. This is a key environmental issue, particularly in areas where effluents are discharged into drinking water sources. Unfortunately, conventional biological treatment(More)
The interactions of TiO2 with phospholipid bilayers found in cell membrane walls were observed to perturb the bilayer structure under UVA light irradiation. The structure changes in the phospholipid bilayers upon contact with TiO2 under light and in the dark were followed by X-ray diffraction. Hydration effects at the semiconductor-phospholipid interface(More)