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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2009, Article ID 104281, 8 pages
Research Article

From Laboratory Studies to the Field Applications of Advanced Oxidation Processes: A Case Study of Technology Transfer from Switzerland to Burkina Faso on the Field of Photochemical Detoxification of Biorecalcitrant Chemical Pollutants in Water

1Département de Recherche et Projets de Démonstration (REPRODEM), Centre Régional pour l'Eau potable et l'Assainissement (CREPA), 03BP 7112 Ouagadougou 03, Burkina Faso
2Departamento de Química, Universidad de los Andes, Cra 1 No 18A-10, Bogota, Colombia
3Unité Thématique d'Enseignement et de Recherche en Gestion et Valorisation de l'Eau et de l'Assainissement (UTER-GVEA), Institut International d'Ingénierie de l'Eau et de l'Environnement, 01 BP 594 Ouagadougou 01, Burkina Faso
4Centre Suisse de Recherche Scientifique de Côte d'Ivoire (CSRS), 01 BP 1301 Abidjan 01, Cote D'Ivoire
5Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, GGEC, Station 6, CH, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

Received 26 February 2009; Accepted 4 May 2009

Academic Editor: Mohamed Sabry Abdel-Mottaleb

Copyright © 2009 S. Kenfack et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The Fenton and photo-Fenton detoxification of non-biodegradable chemical pollution in water was investigated under simulated UV light in the laboratory and under direct sunlight in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The laboratory experiments enable one to make a systematic diagnosis among three types of wastewaters, identifying a biorecalcitrant wastewater containing the Chloro-hydroxy-Pryridine (CHYPR). The application of the photo-Fenton process on effluent containing the CHYPR showed not to stimulate the generation of biodegradable by-products. Optimal conditions for detoxification of effluent containing the CHYPR were found at ,  mM, initial  mM, for an effluent concentrated at 2.2 mM of CHYPR. The application of the photochemical process on a field pilot solar photoreactor for the detoxification of water polluted with a pesticide made with Endosulfan showed very promising results, with potential biodegradable effluents obtained at the end of the photochemical treatment. Optimal conditions of the applied study were found at .  mM and  mM for an initial concentration of 0.36 mM of Endosulfan.