Physicochemical properties of fly ash particles formed during municipal solid waste combustion
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Fly ashes generated from two artificial wastes were investigated with regard to physicochemical properties of importance for thermal formation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The ash samples were collected in the post-combustion zone at approximately 300 °C and were characterized using complementary techniques: X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray (SEM/EDX), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The results showed a strong correlation between ash chemistry and waste composition. The waste containing higher levels of Al resulted in more abundant Al-bearing minerals, as well as the element Al, in the fly ash. In the case of Fe, no such correlation was found. Copper, an especially important reaction catalyst, was not detected by in the top 10-nm layer of ash but rather occurred within the top 2-µm, indicating that POPs formation reactions may have depleted the available surface Cu. The possibly inaccessible buried forms of Cu may also be a limiting factor in the production of POPs. Furthermore, organic forms of carbon were present at fly ash surfaces, although not significantly in their chlorinated forms. Taken collectively, these results contribute to understanding the correlations between fly ash chemistry and the thermal formation of POPs.
Waste incineration, fly ash characterization, XPS, SEM/EDX, XRD
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-80183OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-80183DiVA: diva2:647300