Cooperative Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide by Lignin-combined Transition Metals in Pulp Bleaching

Huifang Zhao, Haibiao Wu, Haowei Hu, Yan Li, Jing Li, Xuejin Zhang


The effects of lignin-combined manganese ion, iron ion, and lignin-combined iron and manganese on the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide were investigated. Elemental analysis and inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectrometry were used to analyze the chemical features of the lignin composites and the amount of metal ions present in the solution or adsorbed on lignin, respectively. The results showed that the main transition metal elements remaining in the precipitated lignin were Fe, Mn, and Cu. The hydrogen peroxide decomposition in the presence of lignin-combined transition metal was represented by pseudo-first-order kinetics, and the pseudo-first-order rate constant (kobs) of peroxide decomposition with lignin-combined iron was 0.0068 min-1, while it was 0.0063 min-1 in the presence of lignin-combined manganese. A synergistic effect of manganese and iron combined with lignin on peroxide decomposition was demonstrated, and a kobs value of 0.0053 min-1 was obtained. The mixed addition of magnesium sulfate (MgSO4), sodium silicate (Na2SiO3), and ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid disodium salt (Na2EDTA) resulted in an optimal reduction in peroxide decomposition when single lignin-combined metal ion existed. However, adding Na2EDTA alone had an optimal effect on the reduction of peroxide decomposition in the presence of lignin-combined iron and manganese, with a kobs value of 0.0004 min-1.


Decomposition; Hydrogen peroxide; Lignin-combined transition metals; Reaction kinetics; Bleaching stabilizers

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