Removal of proteinaceous soils using hydroxyl radicals generated by the electrolysis of hydrogen peroxide

Koreyoshi Imamura, Yoichiro Tada, Hirohumi Tanaka, Takaharu Sakiyama, Kazuhiro Nakanishi

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Abstract

We have developed here for the first time a novel method to generate hydroxyl radicals, •OH, by applying slightly negative electric potentials (-0.2 - 0.8 V vs Ag/AgCl) to the surface of a metal (or metal oxide) that is in contact with hydrogen peroxide solution containing a supporting electrolyte. Namely, •OH radicals were generated at the surface by the electrolysis of hydrogen peroxide according to the equation, H2O2 + e- → •OH + OH-. This method was used to clean a stainless steel fouled with a model protein, β-lactoglobulin. The •OHs generated at the surface were effective in removing β-lactoglobulin that had been irreversibly adsorbed, by several minutes of treatment at room temperature (22 ± 23°C). The removal rates measured for various concentrations of H2O2 and supporting electrolyte and different potentials were determined exclusively by the electric current.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-414
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Colloid And Interface Science
Volume250
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002

Keywords

  • Cleaning
  • Electrolysis
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Hydroxyl radical
  • Proteinaceous soil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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