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Electrolytic Degradation of Uric Acid Using Nickel Electrodes in an Unpartitioned and Partitioned Batch Cell

B. Ashraf Ali, Raghuram Chetty, S. Pushpavanam


Electrolytic degradation of an aqueous solution of uric acid (UA) was performed in an unpartitioned and partitioned electrolytic tank using nickel electrodes. The concentration of uric acid was measured using a UV–Visible spectrophotometer, and the effect of operating parameters such as voltage, concentration of uric acid and the supporting electrolyte were investigated. It is found that the concentration of uric acid decreases with time in both the unpartitioned and partitioned batch operation. Whereas, the local electrolytic phenomena are observed only in the partitioned electrolytic tank, which is completely absent in the unpartitioned tank. In this study, degradation of 1000 ppm uric acid in alkaline solution with 90% removal efficiency was achieved in the partitioned tank at 10 V.

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