Title: Research experiences in microwave-assisted chemical oxygen demand determination

Authors: Ackmez Mudhoo, Sanjay K. Sharma

Addresses: Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Mauritius, Reduit, Mauritius. ' Green Chemistry Research Laboratory, Institute of Engineering & Technology, Alwar, Rajasthan, India

Abstract: The conventional COD determination through reflux method, although still much in experimental practice for water and wastewater analysis, is time consuming, complex and prone to a number of errors. A simpler, more rapid, environmentally benign but still precise method would hence be more attractive and is, in point of fact, a pressing need. Contextualised within the concept of Green Chemistry, this review discusses a handful of research papers published to date on microwave-assisted COD determination and brings forward the achievable improvements in COD analysis while using this clean analytical technique.

Keywords: microwave assisted COD; chemical oxygen demand; green chemistry; wastewater analysis; optimised digestion.

DOI: 10.1504/IJETM.2011.039253

International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 2011 Vol.14 No.1/2/3/4, pp.2 - 8

Published online: 29 Mar 2011 *

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