Aim of the present communication is to show experimental results, and related conclusions, on the electrochemical oxidation
(EO) of tartaric acid (TA), which has been oxidized at Ti/PbO2, Ti/Pt, Pt and HBDD electrodes at different current densities in acidic media.
TA complete mineralization has been achieved only at HBDD and Ti/PbO2, being higher the faradaic efficiency at the latter electrode.
At Pt electrode, the electroxidation was found to be extremely slow, in acidic conditions. The experimental evidence has shown
that the main factor is the interaction of the organic substrate and hydroxyl radicals with the electrode surface, during TA oxidation. In
the case of the EO of oxalic acid (OA) in acidic media that was previously studied, better results were obtained at the Pt electrode, supporting
the idea that the interaction of organic substrate with the electrode surface, was the main determining parameter and based on the
results here reported, this idea was confirmed for TA, more complex compound than OA.
Keywords: Adsorption, Aqueous media, Electrochemical incineration, Electrode, Tartaric acid, oxidation, fermentation, electroactive, electrochemistry, trooxidation
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