Organic molecules can be oxidized and removed by applying, e.g. oxidants, (H2O2, Ozone), catalytic oxidation (photo-catalysts, metal catalysts), UV, etc.

In an ideal case, organics are oxidized to carbon dioxide, water and inorganic salts.
e.g.  CmHnO + (m+(n-1)/2)O2 -> mCO2 + n/2 H2O

Intermediate molecules may be formed during the oxidation process.


Published February 23, 2009