PublicationWater Advanced Treatment & Environmental Research Laboratory

Formation of bromate and chlorate during ozonation and electrolysis in seawater for ballast water treatment
First author
Youmi Jung
Eunkyung Hong, Yeojoon Yoon, Minhwan Kwon
Corresponding author
Joon-Wun Kang
Ozone: Science & Engineering
[Published in Ozone & AOP Lab]
Many effective technologies have been developed and approved for ballast water treatment, and the effectiveness of a process should be evaluated considering its environmental friendliness. The aim of this study was to evaluate the formation and formation mechanisms of bromate (BrO₃-) and chlorate (ClO₃-) in seawater during ozonation, electrolysis, and a combined (ozonation/electrolysis) process. In seawater ozonation, BrO₃- was generated exceeding a 5 mg/L ozone dose despite the high Br- (65 mg/L). The formation of BrO₃- and ClO₃- by electrolysis depended on the electrode materials where two types of electrodes (IrO₂/Ti and Pt/Ti) were used. The combined (ozonation/electrolysis) process generated much higher levels of BrO₃- and ClO₃- than either individual process. In ozonation or electrolysis, mixed oxidant including HOCl/OCl- and HOBr/OBr- is the main parameter for inactivation, which is called total residual oxidant, TRO. In this study, a predictive model for BrO₃- and ClO₃- was suggested in terms of TRO formation. This predictive model can recommend allowable TRO (generated by ozonation or electrolysis) for practical applications in seawater treatment.