Kinetics of reduction of TNT by iron metal

P. G. Tratnyek, R. Miehr, J. Z. Bandstra

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Although it is well known that zero-valent iron (Fe0) rapidly reduces nitro aromatic compounds (NACs) to aromatic amines, little kinetic or mechanistic detail has been reported on the most environmentally-significant NAC: 2,4,6-trinitroluene (TNT). This study provides quantitative kinetics for TNT reduction by a range of reagent- and construction-grade granular irons determined in well-mixed batch systems. A representative surface-area normalized rate constant (kSA) for construction-grade Fe0 is 0.050 1 m-2 h-1, but reagent-grade Fe0 can be an order of magnitude more reactive.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-434
Number of pages8
JournalIAHS-AISH Publication
Issue number275
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


  • 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene
  • Adsorption
  • Kinetics
  • Nitro reduction
  • Products

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Water Science and Technology

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    Tratnyek, P. G., Miehr, R., & Bandstra, J. Z. (2002). Kinetics of reduction of TNT by iron metal. IAHS-AISH Publication, (275), 427-434.